New Class A Holder Alot Of Questions

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Heather C.'s Comment
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Hi ladies, I am Heather new to the biz. I was reading through some of the health concerns on the forum and one of my biggest concerns came up. I don't want to write a book here so I will try to keep this simple and short, my question is: Do companies discriminate against you if take medication for a bipolar disorder? I feel as if I am getting the run around already. It's bad enough that I am a woman, but a crazy one on meds I know not funny right, it's how I feel that I am being treated anyway.

C. S.'s Comment
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Recently several people have posted about being sent home from various companies (Prime was one, although I'm sure there are others) for being on certain mental health medications. The first step is to get your prescribing doctor to write a letter stating that, in their medical opinion, the medication would not affect your ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. If your doctor won't do this, ask to have your medication changed to something that will be acceptable (while still controlling your symptoms).

I would be very forward with every company you apply with and make sure the medication is acceptable to them before coming to orientation. Do not take a recruiter's word for it, try to speak with someone who either administers the physicals or hosts orientation, and get the approval in writing. Your don't want to waste valuable time and money attending only to be sent home on the first day.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Heather C.'s Comment
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Thankyou, your reply is very helpful I did get a written letter from my doctor, my med certificate is only good for one year, but the company I was all set up for orientation, bus schedule everything was set up to go, and now they want more info which I cannot get right away, I don't like being delayed. Now I have a 6 thousand dollar loan to pay back and very discouraged about getting hired. I kinda feel like I wasted time and money going to school to get my lisence only to not get hired.

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