Taking The Bus To Springfield

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Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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I'm really not sure what to do right now but... Short version is, on my way to Springfield to start training with Prime on Monday and I'm looking around at some of the stories on here to take a break from studying., and I find out on here that I'm disqualified from working at Prime because of a medication ive been taking for 12 years for childhood ADD?!?!? I guess the first point above all, is.... This is the best site to find good information no matter how devastating it is.. But beyond that, why didn't that issue ever surface when I paid for school two years ago? Another obvious one is, why didn't my recruiter tell me ?!? And lastly, do I have a chance with any other company if this turns out to be factual ??

Brett Aquila's Comment
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why didn't that issue ever surface when I paid for school two years ago?

I don't know the details about your particular prescription but I know there are a lot of prescriptions that are a judgment call by the doctors. One company might let you drive on it, another company may not. There are some that are outright banned for professional drivers but a lot fall into a gray area. Normally if you're on a banned medication you can switch to an alternative and you're good to go. You do have to wait a period of time for the banned medication to leave your system, sometimes up to 30 days.

Another obvious one is, why didn't my recruiter tell me ?!?

I had mentioned in your other post that it seems Prime is purposely bringing people in who they know will not be allowed to drive because of a particular medication. We've heard they're telling people they're afraid they'll get in trouble for discrimination but knowing how these recruiting competitions go amongst the largest carriers I'm afraid it's more likely because they're afraid of losing you to another company. But until we get the official word from Prime, which me might not ever get, we really don't understand the thinking on this. I'm not aware of any other companies doing this, but there may be some.

do I have a chance with any other company if this turns out to be factual ??

Oh absolutely. And you'll still have an opportunity with Prime. If they send you home you'll just have to change to a different prescription and wait a short period of time for that one to leave your system and they'll bring you back. If you choose not to return to Prime you'll still be eligible to work anyplace you qualify to work. This is in no way a threat to your career by any means. You just have to jump through the hoops and follow the proper procedures and you'll be out there before you know it.


Operating While Intoxicated


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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You went to private school and have your CDL-A? Then if Prime tells you no, apply everywhere. Apply For Truck Driving Jobs Call your recruiter and explain everything. Once you get there be upfront about it to whoever you speak to. Good luck.


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.
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