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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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I'm OK - Just Got Busy

A member here "stalked me" on FB to see if I was OK, since I haven't posted in a week or two (you know who you are ANNEMARIE).

Just busy wrapping up end-of-year projects with my business and whatnot.

Everything is good.

I tend to post a lot, then drop off for awhile. Apologies to those who miss my posts.

Life happens.

Regards and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.

Keep it safe out there, the loonies are REALLY LOONY this time of year...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Accidents

It on my driver IQ report it not on the MVR or DAC

Are you protesting that it WAS NOT IN FACT AN ACCIDENT - or that it wasn't an "at fault/preventable"?

"Driver IQ" is a BG company similar to DAC. As such, they may be subject to the same RULES (FCRA) as FAC.

They HAVE a dispute page: https://www.driveriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Drivers-Employment-Report-Links-10.16.2019.pdf - but it appears to point DIRECTLY AT THE COMPANY that made the report.

So - if IN FACT - you WERE LEGITIMATELY IN AN ACCIDENT, and it was REPORTED BY THE COMPANY - then they will VERIFY ITS LEGITIMACY WITH THAT COMPANY.

Similar to DAC - you can also GET A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER IQ REPORT - which is where you can start the dispute process.

But again - if you were IN AN ACCIDENT(S) that actually occurred - odds are VERY SLIM that you will be able to get it removed from your report.

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Baby Max - 10 weeks

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Big girl Max - 2+ years.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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No longer taking insulin!

Very cool bro. Insulin dependent diabetes is one of the hardest things to come back from. But if your pancreas is producing insulin again, it's a real testament to your stick-to-it-ness in beating it. I was "almost there" myself, and dropped 130lbs, backing away from the cliff insulin dependence. I watch my A1C's like a hawk (5.1 currently, even being 20lbs over).

GOOD FOR YOU! A TRUE MILESTONE in extending your life and health...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How stale is too stale?

Trucking companies consider within 60-90 days to be "recent grads" - outside of that, and you might be considered "stale"...

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Failed drug test at trucking school

Also - and this might not make a difference...

Did you have a Med Weed card - or live in a state where recreational use is legal? While not really an "excuse" - it's still better than ILLEGALLY USING A SUBSTANCE.

Having completed a SAP is a good thing - but most companies will still consider a newbie to be HIGH RISK, and don't want to go through the hassle of additional monitoring (as returnees from SAP are required to be tested/monitored more often initially). Also - since weed has become so "socially acceptable" in the last decade (like alcohol has been), with many states decrim/legalizing (mostly, to save the hassle of arresting/prosecuting users), the risk of a driver who's already been caught in a screen, "sneaking a puff" here and there, is already greater than someone who has used other drugs and gotten clean.

Despite the fact that weed may actually become legal - it will likely NEVER BE SO for people in DOT Regulated Safety Sensitive Positions.

And a daily smoker will test positive for a number of months after quitting - especially a daily, with the HIGH THC CONTENT of todays weed.

Congrats on quitting. I was a heavy daily smoker for 4 years (after being sober for 7). Lemme tell you - it was EASIER TO QUICK CRACK, than the weed. My detox off it was surprisingly horrible - I was a wreck for a week (and we're talking an OZ or more a week for years), and my head took about 4 months to be 100% again.

So congrats on quitting - APPLY EVERYWHERE. But sadly, your task has become infinitely more difficult. I celebrate 19 years on 12/7 - and 31 years off opiates and coke on 3/17.

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

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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PLEASE HELP!! New to Trucking, need advice!

A failed drug test in the USN is an OTH discharge, when I was there. If it was changed to an Honorable, Other that's a real shame. Anyway....

How long ago were you discharged? It's not impossible to get hired, but many companies are going to require you to successfully complete a SAP program prior to looking at you. Poor choices are something that will hamstring you before you ever start.

My DD214 from the USN in 2012 doesn't seem to have one, either. Not much I agree with in your post, Rick.

Actually - I misspoke - as far as my DD-214 goes. I was looking at a PDF I keep up in my webspace - which has the bottom portion "chopped off" - I went into my gunvault and dug out the copy I got from Nav Records Archive and it does, in fact - have the bottom portion.

I stand corrected.

And you don't have to agree - but what IS FACTUAL - is that, if he went through NASAP (Navy rehab as he claimed) - THAT IS SAP.

When I was in, it was General Under Honorable Conditions - they didn't have a drug test back then - they had to catch you with the goods.

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Yeah - I was a screwup back then - and things got EVEN WORSE - before I wised up and got my act together.

Again - my biggest regret of my life. I loved the work, loved being at sea - only I loved PARTYING EVEN MORE - and that got me in a jackpot. But pretty much everyone partied back then.

Can't say how they're dealing with it now.

Rick

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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PLEASE HELP!! New to Trucking, need advice!

This is where I need the help from and please be as honest as possible and any help is tremendously appreciated as I am quite literally freaking the freak out right now. I recently separated from the Navy (28 days ago today) with an under honorable conditions (general) discharge.... however line 28 narrative reason for separation says misconduct- drug abuse.

First off - you don't have to show them the line 28 narrative (the little tear off portion on the bottom of the DD-214). You will likely have to explain why you only have 18 months of service.

I got out under a "general under honorable conditions" - in 1983 - after 4 years of service. My line 28 said: "for frequent contact of a disreputable nature with civilian/military authorities: drug/alcohol abuse". I was a pothead back in the day - and wasn't interested in quitting - BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. I could have been a FAT RETIRED MASTER CHIEF at 45, and I REALLY LOVED the work (ET) and being on ship and at sea (being stoned helped though). I went from E-5, to E3 real quick.

I would also look into getting the general UPGRADED TO AN HONORABLE. There are veterans groups that can assist with that.

Yes, I know... I am scum of the earth and disrespected my fellow brothers and sisters and completely let down my friends, family, and myself for a stupid decision that may have literally ruined my life more than I ever could have imagined.

No - you're not scum of the earth. DUMB - sure - knowing you could be tested at ANY TIME - and consuming a substance that could pop for upwards of 60 days. And I was in BEFORE DRUG TESTS - they had to catch you WITH THE GOODS (and they NEVER DID - a weed pipe once, but the knew I was stoned all the time - and the MAA drove himself NUTS trying to catch me - it was TONS OF FUN).

At any rate - what companies are concerned about - is FAILING TESTS WHEN IN A SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITION - that is DOT TESTS.

As others have mentioned - kinda dumb going private school and paying $$'s - without knowing if you're even going to get a hire.

BUT - get a COPY of your DD-214. The COPY doesn't have the tear-off portion of the bottom with the "reason for separation on it" - or at least MINE DIDN'T (the form may have changed in the 27 years since mine was issued).

So it's a COIN TOSS - if any trucking company is actually going to find out WHY you were separated.

Now - we don't advise people to LIE on applications. But if the app says: "have you ever failed a DOT Drug Test" - then you NEVER HAVE. Get the drift?

Also - VOLUNTARY REHAB in the military - is called SAP. Or in the Navy NASAP (Navy Alcohol Substance Abuse Program) - so YOU DID COMPLETE A SAP. FIND THE PAPERWORK FOR IT!!!

Best of luck to you - thank you for your service - DESPITE YOUR STUPIDITY.

And PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW THINGS WORK OUT FOR YOU!

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking companies not hiring from south Florida

Anyone south of I-4 is going to have an issue (for the most part).

EXPERIENCED DRIVERS can get in - but people who are looking to get their CDL, or recent grads - not so much.

CRST hires out of here, as does Armellini (if they still haul). Prime used to have a "Flower Division" out of Port of Miami - but I think that's gone now. Jim Palmer actually was hiring trainees out of here a couple of years ago - cannot say that they still are. BE WARY of "headhunter" (non-company) recruiting companies. Usually, the $$ for training is vastly overpriced, and there's still no placement guarantee.

Freight coming OUT of SoFla is horrible, and the rates SUCK. Many O/O's I know won't even come down, unless they have a great rate coming in - and then they deadhead back north to get back in the lanes.

There are a few more - I'd have to check with my instructor at Sheridan VoTech (the county school that does CDL) to see who's recruiting out of his classes lately - but STILL - that's RECENT GRADS out of a 9 week accredited program.

Occasionally (rarely) - you will find the majors taking one or two from down here - but those slots fill fast.

It's about the ability to get you home - without having to deadhead you in & out to do it.

As I mentioned - if you have a year or two, there are a number that will take you on. But for newbs, you're pretty much out of luck...

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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CRST dot physical

As we discussed previously in your other thread.

A company/DOT physical may in fact require you to do a whisper test, as that IS PART OF THE REGULATION. WIthout re-entering the debate of whether you have TO REPEAT BACK WHAT IS WHISPERED (and what would be the sense of NOT HAVING TO RECOGNIZE WHAT IS BEING SAID) - if you're NOT GOING TO PASS:

GO GET A HEARING TEST - to determine whether or not you can LEGALLY PASS under the regulations. If you DO PASS (the less than 40dB loss at the specific frequencies) then BRING THE RESULTS TO YOUR ORIENTATION PHYSICAL and they should pass you, based on those test results. If you DO NOT fall under the medical guidelines, then you stand a good chance of NOT BEING ISSUED A CARD AT ALL.

Otherwise, they may (at THEIR SOLE DISCRETION) issue you a 90-day card, to give you time to remedy the medical shortcoming.

Again - THEY DON'T HAVE TO - it is at the examiners discretion.

And arguing with them about whether or not you have to understand what they are saying, is not going to improve your chances of getting them to issue a 90-day (or other "conditional pass").

The hearing test itself shouldn't be that expensive - GO GET IT NOW - so at least you POSITIVELY KNOW where you stand.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Ya know, Freightliner makes Cab Overs in their factory in Cleveland NC.

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I think you can only get the FL COE's as "glider kits" here in the states? The Argosy is actually a pretty neat unit. They're not sold by FL dealers though.

Return Of The Truck That Never Went Away

I've seen a couple of custom coach builders use them as the base.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

I'm thinking "D". If it had COE tractor as a choice, then B and D.

It does have COE as a choice.

You can't even get a "conventional cab" truck in the EU - height and weight restrictions. The sleepers are TINY. Much as we whine here in the US - think of how cramped you'd be in one of THESE...

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Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Old School explains:

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I'll give a hint. A "full" trailer is not a reference to how much is in the trailer. A "full" trailer is a type of trailer, just as a "semi" trailer is a type of trailer.

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Exactly like Rick says, these questions are designed to trip you up, and O. S. and I were too. But on my third or fourth reading, I realized the key phrase was that the vehicle in question was not the towed vehicle but the one doing the towing with no weight resting on the towed vehicle! So it's not a trailer of any kind but a power unit, or tractor.

Now on all the tests I've seen*, no question has no more than one correct answer. So either you'll never see this question, or the "D. Conventional tractor" is correct.

* I teach the CDL permit class and have seen almost all 300 questions used.

The the "towed vehicle" part tripped me up too (and here I was advising to READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY). I only saw TOW VEHICLE - not TOWED

But if CONVENTIONAL TRACTOR is correct, than so would COE - as they are both tractors -the only difference being: one has a cab over the engine that tilts up, and the other has a "regular hood" with a fixed cab. Otherwise - neither one has any of ITS WEIGHT RESTING ON THE TOWED VEHICLE.

I'm thinking typo, or more than one correct answer (which on multiple guess tests - the answer would be "both B, & D", since both are "supported by their OWN AXLES", and "do not rest weight on THE TOWED VEHICLE" (being that both full & semi trailers ARE THE TOWED VEHICLE).

If you took the time to read this on a REAL DMV TEST - and started scratching your head - and the choice SKIP QUESTION was available.

Most folks would answer "full trailer" (assuming they ACTUALLY KNEW what one was), ignoring the fact the question appears to refer SPECIFICALLY TO the vehicle that was DOING THE TOWING - which would make B&D correct.

So we have to wait for what MARK REPORTS THE INSTRUCTOR SAYS - which isn't necessarily going to be correct either...

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

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Fun until you have to get to the motor, and all your stuff in the cab/sleeper wants to visit the front floorboards.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

What is a COE?

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Cab Over Engine (or simply Cab-Over). Old style.

We had these for yard trucks in school. You sit ON THE WHEEL (and engine) - doubt they'd be much fun OTR. Still the mainstay in much of Europe. There's some floating around here - a lot of them are lovingly restored and cared for...

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Read and THINK!

The clue is TOWED VEHICLE. A TOWING vehicle - doesn't put IT'S WEIGHT on the TOWED VEHICLE.

These are SO SIMPLE - they are designed to screw you up. It's sad they resort to that kind of trickery - but there you have it.

The object is to see IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION.

Rick

That's what I meant - designed to SCREW YOU UP.

Again - I think it's an "unusual question" - because short of farm trailers (think bales of hay) - you won't see this type of trailer on the highway in the US often (if at all).

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

I consider the correct answer to be "C"

And you would be CORRECT!

Difference between a semi-trailer and a full trailer

Which is even MORE BIZARRE. A full trailer has wheels front and rear of the trailer - and is DRAGGED. But it's WEIGHT IS BORNE BY IT'S OWN AXLES.

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Can't honestly say I've seen one of these. Another example, might be a double on a dolly.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Read and THINK!

The clue is TOWED VEHICLE. A TOWING vehicle - doesn't put IT'S WEIGHT on the TOWED VEHICLE.

These are SO SIMPLE - they are designed to screw you up. It's sad they resort to that kind of trickery - but there you have it.

The object is to see IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Warnings vs. Tickets - NEVER ACCEPT A WARNING!?!

I’m not sure about all warnings going onto the DAC. I got a written warning in NM in February of 2016 from a state HP CMV enforcement officer. This has never made an appearance on my DAC, and I get the one free copy of it each year.

Warnings "shouldn't" go ANYWHERE - unless they are issued by a SCALE HOUSE/DOT Enforcement official. Then they likely go on your PSP, and the companies CSA.

As far as "being obstinate" with an officer on a traffic stop (whether justified or not) - it can turn real ugly if the cop decides to RETURN THE FAVOR. No matter good you (think) you pre-tripped, something can be found (if they really want to). Even if it's bogus - who wants an ROADSIDE OOS on their PSP - and you certainly don't want to be explaining it to your DM or Safety Department.

Arguing with a cop - can get ugly for you REAL QUICK.

Rick

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hearing test

Ok so I found out last night the whisper test you are not required by rule to understand what the whisper is just hear it ! When I originally took it 5 years ago they made me repeat it now I’m finding out I could have challenged this ! All they are looking for is to test your senses this is coming from someone who was trained to do them he says you can’t fail it now it’s making sense as to why only deaf have waivers can anyone else confirm this ? I wish I had this info 5 years ago and not given up On my dream. Got my permit today now for the dot card! Hopefully this helps someone else

Again - it can be SUBJECTIVE.

According to this advice from FMCSA site:

The tests are either the forced whisper test or audiometry. For the whispered voice test, the driver should be 5 feet from the examiner with the ear being tested turned toward the examiner. The other ear is covered. Using the breath which remains after a forced expiration, the examiner whispers words or random numbers such as 66,18.23. The examiner should not use only sibilants (s-sounding test materials). If the individual fails the whisper test, the audiometric test should be administered.

The purpose of words or random numbers - would be so the applicant can repeat them back to determine they are understood. While neither the 49CFR Reg "specifically states" the whispered words/numbers have to be repeated back - LOGIC WOULD DICTATE that the reason for "random numbers or words" - would be so THE APPLICANT COULD REPEAT THEM BACK.

I've seen other posts elsewhere - from people complaining that "their rights were violated", because they failed for not being able to repeat the whisper back.

THAT'S SPLITTING HAIRS. ESPECIALLY IF YOU KNOW YOU HAVE HEARING ISSUES.

If you KNOW you have hearing issues - GO GET A REAL TEST. If you fail the standard - GET HEARING AIDS.

Sometimes we make things MORE COMPLICATED THAN THEY HAVE TO BE.

My DOG can hear a ziplock baggie opening from 100', with the TV on - but she acts like she is DEAF when I ask her to sit (sometimes).

Rick

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