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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mental Health Disqualifiers

Guess I'll take my sense of humor where folks can appreciate it and take a moment to chuckle at themselves.

Later....

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mental Health Disqualifiers

Wow, thanks Rick for the in-depth response. I was Baker-Acted bit not committed, only observed for just over 48 hours. The commitment in question was a result which was associated with a Federal Criminal Charge. However, I didn't use any a diagnosis as a defense. The case didn't reach that point of decision. One felony is almost 8 years past indictment date. I did receive a DOT Physical card. I get what you say about private school but being a Veteran, there's an education grant which only covers the Self-pace school. According to DMV , your right about receiving a CDL with a commitment but it would be difficult if the commitment was within 2yrs as that's the way the question is posed at DMV. Mine is over 11 yrs about. I really appreciate your information, I assume the company I worked for before didn't mind the issues. Maybe that will still be the case.

So I assume they nolle prosequi (declined to prosecute), or was there a deal and a nolo contendere (no contest) plea and probation? Typically, federal prosecutions come with a conviction, even if you make a deal (unless you go cooperating witness - and even then, I have friends who testified and still did some time and got a conviction on their records - phone room scam stuff).

Yeah - I work both sides of the street - work for lawyers, and have friends that get caught doing shady stuff. I'm an "objective observer", so I watch, take all of it in - and learn.

Some of how companies may look at you - depends on the severity of charge (especially a the federal level) and whether or not you got a conviction out of it.

The commitment, if it was not court ordered, usually won't come up on a BG check - but you also have to be careful about lying on federal forms (like the DOT Med Form), because just when you think you're off their radar - knock knock knock.

Any company you go to - is going to do their own DOT Physical - so you are going to have to go through that again.

Out of curiosity - did you document your hospital stay for the Doc that did your physical? Or did he just say "OK" and move past that? Company ME's are likely to be a little more inquisitive, so do back yourself up with documentation.

As far as schools go - I get it - but keep in mind - going to a private school DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A JOB. Their job is TO GET YOU A CDL - NOT GET YOU A JOB (regardless of how well they sell you on their "placement record") - which is why we typically (ALWAYS) recommend doing COMPANY BASED TRAINING. If you get past orientation (and your medical exam), and complete training - YOU ARE ALREADY HIRED. In fact - you are hired the moment you get in the truck with your CDL Permit. So getting past the BG check, medical exam and CDL testing - means YOU'RE IN. Versus going to a private school, getting the shiny new piece of plastic - and then NOT being able to get a hire (for whatever reason).

Even with a new CDL - you STILL have to get additional training (as a "recent grad") and you pretty much have to get a HIRE somewhere. Most companies want to see "recent grads", within 30-60 days of graduation. So if you go the CDL School route - start APPLYING EVERYWHERE.

Company training is FREE - in that, you make a commitment (not that kind of commitment - sorry, couldn't help myself) to work for a period of time (usually a year, or some period of miles) to "work off" the expense of your training. Most (if not ALL) companies can also leverage veterans benefits to offset the cost of training also, so you might want to look into that also.

Again - the only thing you get from a PRIVATE CDL SCHOOL - IS A CDL. We've heard of many people that GOT their CDL's that way - and couldn't get a hire (for whatever reason). Not saying that would happen in your case - but with the "weirdness of your past" thrown in...

And - before I forget - THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Best companies for new drivers

I don’t like surprises but I am aware that one has to be adaptable. I love to learn and train new things. I’m also prepared for the ruff first year after spending ten and a half years in the military and twenty in law enforcement. I really look forward to reading any and all tips and advice from everyone. Thanks.

Thanks for stopping back in and updating us.

Keep us updated on your progress.

And thanks for your service...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Fifth Time Is the Charm

I'm assuming (from TNT), that you are with Prime?

I thought they had a policy - if you have to "throw iron" - go park?

I guess there are some places you can't avoid it - "Donner Party, table for two" (old Robin Williams joke - R.I.P), or be STUCK LIKE CHUCK for the entire winter.

I know it ain't FUN - we did it in school - in nice balmy south florida - just so we could see how it was done. Not sure I would want to be out in the freezing damp - and it's just as messy (or messier) getting then of and stowed.

DO NOT ENVY YOU...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mental Health Disqualifiers

NOW THIS type of response is why prospective (and experienced) come to this website. Excellent!

Thanks Don - Rickipedia at your service...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mental Health Disqualifiers

While FMCSA regs do not prohibit someone who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution from obtaining a CDL, or diving a CMV - you will NEVER GET A HAZMAT ENDORSEMENT. That is a disqualification for hazmat.

It may still become an issue - which could vary from company to company. An evaluation from the treating PSYCHIATRIST can go a long way towards bettering your odds. Being off meds too, also helps (so you wouldn't have to worry about possibly switching to a less-effective med that is not acceptable to a particular company (and this varies from company to company).

Are you still being treated (albeit, without meds)? Can you contact the doc who was previously treating and released you from treatment to write an evaluation and recommendation?

Is there any CRIMINAL HISTORY - ESPECIALLY associated with whatever got you committed? Was it a short-term (Baker Act here in FL) - where you get a 72 hour hold, if you are deemed a threat to yourself or others (which can happen WITHOUT COURT ORDER in many jurisdictions). Or long term (which typically must be ordered by the court)?

Having not been behind the wheel for so long - you are going to have to be RE-TRAINED. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST going to a private school - as you may be "spinning your wheels" (sorry), by getting a CDL and not being able to find a hire.

The BEST BET IS TO APPLY EVERYWHERE that does training in-house - that way, if you make it past Orientation and the Medical Examiner, you are pretty much assured of a hire (assuming you get through training and pass your CDL tests).

You are going to have to answer YES to questions 14 & 27 on the FMCSA DOT MEDICAL FORM, and they REQUIRE AN EXPLANATION. This is where past and present documentation from a PSYCHIATRIST comes in handy (or actually is going to be required). GO WITH THIS IN HAND - so you don't get SENT HOME TO GET IT (forewarned is FOREARMED).

It is at the DISCRETION OF WHATEVER MEDICAL EXAMINER YOU SEE - whether or not they issue a medical card. Having psych evals IN HAND will resolve any questions ON THE SPOT (pretty much).

ADA regs, when it comes to employment, leave employers open to being sued for discrimination - which is why, outside of "prohibited meds" on FMCSA regs, they WILL NOT TELL YOU AHEAD OF TIME, which meds they don't allow. Good thing you aren't on any meds - this is a plus on your side. Likewise, a clean bill of mental health from a psychIATRIST (not psychologist), should (SHOULD) preclude being turned down - BUT - (big BUT), it might happen ANYWAYS (and they will give you a reason OTHER THAN your history to preclude being sued).

All things being equal - if your criminal & driving records are clear, your diagnosis was for something that isn't (typically ) recurring, and you didn't go on a killing spree and use mental incapacity as a defense (criminal records) - you have a decent shot at a hire.

1 - DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT 2 - You're going to have to come in as a newbie and be trained. 3 - Don't go to a private CDL Mill - go COMPANY so you have a hire and don't blow $$ on a useless piece of plastic.

Please LET US KNOW HOW YOU DO - WHERE YOU END UP GETTING HIRED. This will help us assist other members when the question comes up in the future. This forum is a VAST REPOSITORY of user contributed information, that we use to help and advise others. Getting advice and NOT SHARING THE RESULTS DOES NOT HELP OTHERS...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Most states fail to measure up to safety advocate's recommendations

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Karens...

The cops have been kind of lax - to minimize contact with the public (C-19 scare). I see a lot of "equipment defects" on cars down here, that would normally be PC for a stop - but I guess they only stop people now, when they want to search (and use a license plate light for probable cause).

Here in SoFla - we only locked down for a very short time at the beginning (as far as making people stay in their homes). Thank GOD for DeSantis. Streets were empty at the beginning - we went back to our usual traffic jams pretty quick, and people got tired of being locked down pretty quick too (and started going out ANYWAYS). T'was nice for awhile.

In summary, Advocates offer the following safety recommendations, 390 of them, that states need to adopt:

For the love of sweet baby Jesus - GET A LIFE. 390 more implementations of government interference - "for our own good".

Does it NEVER END (apparently NOT)...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Hey everybody, Not sure if you remember me

Rick S. - As for what my Federal charges are, they are two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine. I also have a state felony from when I was 19 ( I am 33 now so its very old) was for PWID (Possession with the intent to deliver) Marijuana. For the federal charges, the official charge date has been a little over 5 years so I do have some time away from the charge date. A lot of companies want 10 years since the charge date before I can be hired, some want 7, some want 5, others are on a case by case basis. I am open to just about any company as long as they meet what I need financially to stay afloat and also provide decent training as I don't feel I could just jump in a truck and be on my way yet. I do feel CONFIDENT in what I have already learned but I still struggle with some things such as doing really well with parallel parking and alley dock. I can do it, it just takes me a few times of pulling up and adjusting myself. The whole opposite turn for backing up still screws me up in my head during the process. I think with time I will become better at it, but I still need some more work before I just get thrown out to the wild. I am also a bit worried about routes that Include NYC unless I get some better training. I live right outside of NYC and I go there often, I don't know if I would be able to maneuver through the city quite yet. This is just anxiety talking I guess, I will do what is asked of me, I just want to do it right.

Some (most) look at the DATE OF CONVICTION - not the arrest date. Many won't take you until you are off supervision (even non-reporting) - so if you have an offer from Swift/Schneider, with them knowing your background - JUMP ON IT - like NOW.

There are only a few crimes (surprisingly) that with DQ you from getting a CDL at all:

Bribery

Smuggling

Arson

Kidnapping

Assault with intent to commit murder

Extortion

Treason

Using a commercial vehicle to commit a felony

Causing a fatality due to negligent vehicle operation.

So it's a pretty wide-open field for most felonies. Getting a HIRE is entirely another story.

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Hey everybody, Not sure if you remember me

With your legal situation - go WHERE YOU CAN GET A HIRE (since you say many are turning you down).

Schneider and Swift are both TWO GOOD PLACES TO START OUT (and good places TO STAY, as a number of members here did).

After a year of PROVEN SAFE & PRODUCTIVE DRIVING (and a year further out from your legal issue), MORE DOORS will open for you. At year 2, more still - year 3, you can pretty much write your own ticket.

Don't recall what you were on paper for - federal charges are usually more serious than local beefs. But if they were not serious enough to prevent you from getting your CDL in the first place (disqualifying charges) - then you are in better shape than many. It might take a minute to be able to get a HM endorsement though.

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS (or so they say). Glad you're getting things worked out. Keep us posted on your progress...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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3 month card, now companies are walking

Now - there IS SUCH A THING as OSA. And weight is a factor - but skinny people get it too. Neck diameter is also a factor, but pencil necks get it too.

A friend had it SO BAD - he went into the hospital with pneumonia, and his heart was stopping - they put in a PACEMAKER and put him on a CPAP.

The SCAM PART comes in, because the testing criteria IS SO BOGUS, that FMCSA WON'T EVEN MAKE IT A RULE in 49CFR (so it must be bogus).

Not the part where it's a REAL AILMENT - and prevents restful sleep - but the determination to test is based on BAD SCIENCE.

So do the test (and people like Prime will send you and pay up front, as Kearsey mentioned) - and if you HAVE IT - BETTER TO BE DIAGNOSED and treated. And if you DO NOT - there you go.

It's a "catch-22" - again, based on testing criteria that is as inaccurate in diagnosis. BMI and Neck Diameter - when skinny and thin-necked people are also afflicted?

Horsepuckey.

And it's really unusual for a non-company Doc to ask for a sleep study - because the CO's usually have a "piece of the action", at the sleep center they send you to, and probably buy the CPAP's they sell you in bulk.

Please keep us posted on your progress - I am ESPECIALLY INTERESTED TO HEAR THE RESULTS OF YOUR SLEEP STUDY...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Truck Driving School???

As far as the DIABETES GOES - depends on if you are on the NEEDLE.

If you are using insulin - your treating doctor (preferably an Endocrinologist) needs to fill out this FMCSA: Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form, and if you ARE NOT TRACKING YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS IN DETAIL ALREADY - YOU NEED TO BE.

Used to be much more difficult to get a diabetes waiver - it's become somewhat easier in recent years. It used to take up to six months to get a waiver.

The concern is greater with those on insulin - as a "glucose crash", could result in a TRUCK CRASH. Type II (adult onset) diabetes, especially if not on the needle yet - can be well managed on oral meds, diet and exercise - the latter two being things that aren't always easy to manage on the road - but PLENTY OF DRIVERS ARE.

Part of the reason they made things easier - is that the incidence of the disease is SO PREVALENT in this country - and many otherwise qualified individuals were being kept off the road. And despite this - we are STILL ACTUALLY NUMBER THREE in the world.

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and quite aways back from China & India (who also DWARF US in population - so when you factor that in, we're about even with them).

Best of luck - keep us posted on your progress...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Lease Operator Advantages

And we don't really do "private comms" - because EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT from the information shared.

There's NOTHING we wouldn't way over the phone - that we wouldn't say here on the forum.

Aside from discouraging new drivers out of the gate (way to much to learn about being a safe/productive driver - without the additional stress/worry of handling the finance/logistics of a lease). If the intent is the "Dream of Owning Your Own Truck" - very few folks I've known walk with their company lease truck - and if they complete their lease obligation, and want to continue - they get themselves into a BRAND NEW TRUCK.

Residual values are still reasonably high on lease-end trucks, and if you having been eating Ramen Noodles for 2 years and banking every $$ - by the time you get enough $$ saved and the residual value of the truck is affordable - it usually has MORE MILES ON IT than you would want anyways (especially for what you have ALREADY PAID IN during the course of the lease).

Leasing a CAR is one thing (from a business standpoint) -leasing a TRACTOR is an entirely different animal...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Props to this site for all the great info and friendly drivers!

And when OTR companies are looking for "experienced drivers" - they mean OTR (as OS mentioned) - but having some local experience handling a rig will put you that far ahead of the game then someone who never got behind the wheel at all.

Just follow the rules of the road - and don't pick up BAD HABITS - and the transition should be fairly painless (at least the DRIVING PART - the being out for weeks at a time, is another story).

Welcome to TT - please keep us posted on your progress...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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HOS Scenario

Thank you Rake for bringing this topic up for discussion, much good feedback and things to ponder. 🤔🤔 I need to study the new HOS updates to expand my knowledge it appears, I'm not up to speed on the use of PC and it's requirements .. Safe Travels Sir 👍

Splits are probably the most confusing part of HOS (next to RECAPS).

Fairly decent explanation of the new rule. There's a video explanation on that link too.

It doesn't have to be a 7/3 - it can be a 7.5/2.5 - as long as the total = 10 hours. It's still a little confusing - but slightly less so than the previous one - and the addition of the 7/3 makes it a little more flexible. You can do the SHORTER PERIOD as plain old "Off Duty" - the LONGER ONE MUST BE IN SLEEPER BERTH.

I would think most companies should (that allow the split) "should" have their ELD's programmed for it...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best Clock Management Strategies?

Rob,

Thanks for the clarification. I still go by the old rules because i don't know if my ELD is updated with the new rules or not and i'm not going to spend hours on the phone calling Timmy from India trying to find out the info.

Be safe out there.

LOL.

I've read on a few industry blogs where sometimes the ELD doesn't reflect the correct 14, until you approach the limit. Changing the split rule gives some more flexibility - especially where you're spending a few hours at a consignee. It's trying to fix a known problem with wait times - by NOT FIXING THE ACTUAL PROBLEM - WAIT TIMES.

Running on "pure splits" (using the split every day) is going to end up even more confusing to some, than running pure recaps. At some point, a REAL 10 BREAK is going to be necessary to straighten ELD's AND body clocks back out. You take a 3 - then a 7 later. Is 7 REALLY ENOUGH to get decent rest AND take care of showers/etc.?

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Got cought with weed

Hi, Oleg. I had a same problem but with Box truck Any ubdates about your case?

Holy ancient troll-thread-resurrection Batman!

Oleg is LONG GONE - probably flipping burgers for violating a dozen federal regs. I hear he's working for a natural gas company back in his homeland...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Accident

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So like i said i made a very wide turn so i can end on the left side of the narrow road so i could make the right turn into the parking lot

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Like - everyone paste this into google maps - and go to satellite view.

You are like - in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. How does someone hit you IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best Clock Management Strategies?

Question?? If the trucks that spent the night at truck stop switched to off duty after arriving, while waiting for crane, wouldn’t their 14 hr clock stop during that time due to the split sleeper rule?

They had to move from the TS, to the job site - move a truck - start a clock. The 14 starts the second you do ANY WORK (including PRE-TRIP) and doesn't stop until you either take a split, or take a 10. You have 14 hours to DRIVE 11. So the guys that overnighted at the truck stop (instead of taking the 10 at the locked gate of the site) - had to start their clock and THEN WAIT THEIR TURN to be unloaded. They could have been OFF DUTY while waiting - but the 14 clock STAYS RUNNING REGARDLESS.

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Accident

Sounds like the lady was looking to lie her way out of a citation. And the freakout was part of the cover.

If her car was towed - it is DOT REPORTABLE - which affects the company safety score - even if you were not at fault. Now, a company THAT BIG - probably not a huge it in and of itself.

I would NOT HAVE MOVED A THING, until the cop arrived. DID YOU GET PICTURES BEFORE YOU MOVED ANYTHING? FILL UP YOUR PHONE CAMERA ROLL FROM ALL ANGLES, if you get in a bender - helps down the road (like when the lady files in nuisance suit for injury). Company risk department may just do a "shut up and go away" payment (cheaper than getting lawyers involved). And since this lady had no insurance, you can pretty much bet she's going to run somewhere with her hand out, looking for a payoff. She may have even hit you INTENTIONALLY - to get a new car and some spending $$ (happens ALL THE TIME - since trucks are considered rolling cash registers for insurance scammers).

There will be a long-form accident report on this - cop should have given you a Case Number - GET A COPY FOR YOURSELF.

Most cops can see through BS - but if she hit you mid-trailer - the allegation from her could be "he made a sudden turn into me". But as PJ said - if she tried to GO AROUND YOU, IN THE TURN LANE - she was plainly at fault.

Typically - citations are issued ON THE SPOT - whether or not they fly IN COURT depends - as if the cop DID NOT WITNESS IT - HE CANNOT TESTIFY TO IT. Only suppositions based on past experience, and what his observations that went into the report revealed. State Troopers tend to have way more training and experience at accident investigations, than regular old patrol cops - and if an actual accident investigation unit responded they typically do even better at reconstructing circumstances. Another reason why you take pics and do not move your vehicle until someone arrives and TELLS YOU TO - even though most state laws require accident vehicles must be moved from lanes of travel if able to do so. But in the case of a "sketchy participant" in the accident, I wouldn't move AN INCH.

Keep us posted on how this thing progresses...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

PackRat, nobody knows. Retina detachment is a fairly common thing, but most people don't have the problems I have had with it. My Retina is unusually thin, and it just sort of started tearing all to pieces once it detached. There is some evidence indicating that people will sometimes have a retina detachment after having cataract surgery. My retina detachment occurred almost one year after I had cataract surgery. Go figure!

Sometimes it is just a part of the aging process, but it just doesn't affect everyone.

Great - I need cataract surgery. Now I don't want it. Good thing I'm not driving - I can go Intrastate/Exempt when my med card expires - then I just need to figure out how to get past my renewal in Sept.

Still pulling for you there brother...

Rick

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