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Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Good afternoon drivers, It's been a week or so since I've shared anything on here so I thought I'd just catch you up. I went to my Dr. this morning for a reg. appt. and asked him if he was familiar with the DOT physical at all. He said He used to be authorized to administer the physical but due to all the changing requirements it wasn't worth it any longer. However, He still knows what to check for. After an awesome discussion with him about my plans, concerns about my past Brain surgery and hearing or lack of in my left ear. He said " I can tell you that I see no reason why you would not pass a DOT physical. " That made my day. I was so worried about not being able to pass. I've been using every avail. moment to study the High Road Training Program and I'm confident that I will pass that without any problem. I will say the general knowledge part is pretty easy, but the air-brake section was not so easy. A lot of information to learn. So in a nutshell, I'm super pumped and ready to pull the trigger and get my new career rolling. Hope ya'll are enjoying the scenery and stacking the miles. Be safe, Mark

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

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.
The Captain's Comment
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Great news!! Good luck to you Mark

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's great news Mark! Just be aware of the fact that companies often use their own doctors and they are free to set their own higher standards. It is entirely possible that a company might turn you down or their doctor might not pass you for the medical card. If your doctor says you should be able to pass a physical then just move on to another company if that happens. It should be no big deal. But I just wanted you to know that it can happen. Everyone has different standards.

Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Thanks Brett, Although it was good news, I'm also aware that should be able to and sign here please and here is your card are miles apart. ( no pun intended ) I've decided to go to a local school that my buddy went to. Before I can register I must get my med card and permit. Any recommendations on what to look for in a DOT doc.? I am also going to check with my bud to see who He used. It's a long road to get to the finish line. When I read about someone getting behind the wheel drunk the night before his class starts blows my mind. I have found myself being extra careful every time I get in the car. Funny story.... Remember the post I posted about my dad's advice about finding another career? Well I had a dream last night that I went through the steps and became solo in a few months. ( prob. not possible ) but I got a load to Texas and pulled my rig up to Dad's place and laid on the air horn until He walked out. I said let's go bubba we have a legacy to talk about. lol He jumped in and was crying. That was an unbelievable dream I hope someday soon to make a reality. Pretty sappy stuff I know. Sorry if I bore anyone with this nonsense but it has always been a dream of mine to run with Dad cross country. My little story reminds me of Teddybear the song :) Stack the miles and Be safe. Mark

That's great news Mark! Just be aware of the fact that companies often use their own doctors and they are free to set their own higher standards. It is entirely possible that a company might turn you down or their doctor might not pass you for the medical card. If your doctor says you should be able to pass a physical then just move on to another company if that happens. It should be no big deal. But I just wanted you to know that it can happen. Everyone has different standards.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Any recommendations on what to look for in a DOT doc.?

Here is the National Registry For DOT Certified Physicians. I don't know if there are any preferences for choosing one but those are the ones that are certified to give DOT exams.

When I read about someone getting behind the wheel drunk the night before his class starts blows my mind.

Unfortunately trucking doesn't always attract people who take their driving responsibilities seriously enough. I wouldn't wish ill will on anyone but if you've made the decision to take the lives of innocent people into your own hands by becoming a truck driver and then promptly get behind the wheel drunk I'd say the world got real lucky on a close call right there. People get angry about the heavy surveillance and scrutiny that truck driver's face today with hair follicle testing, driving habits being closely monitored, and in-cab cameras becoming more popular but then you hear about stuff like this and you realize it's all quite necessary, unfortunately.

My little story reminds me of Teddybear the song

That's an awesome story and I hope you do indeed get to take your dad cross country! Red Sovine is the all-time Grandaddy of trucker tunes. It's a rite of passage to cruise down the highway listening to some Teddy Bear or Phantom 309 or Giddy Up Go. Awesome stuff!

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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