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Joel S.'s Comment
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I just started training with a company and I was there for 3 weeks when they said we have to send you home to get your medical record from 9 years ago. I was in a car accident and had a head injury. Everything checks out fine with that though. I had no long term disabilities from that, but my urinalyse was positive. This was nine years ago and I was just a dumb kid. Will that count against me?

Susan D. 's Comment
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So what your actually saying is you failed a drug screen?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah it will definitely count against you but it won't stop you from getting started in the industry. It might stop you from getting started where you're at though.

I'm also a bit confused. When was the failed drug test? You lumped it in with the car accident from 9 years ago but I'm not sure how those would be related.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sambo's Comment
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I'm thinking his urinalysis was 9 years ago, in relation to the collision

Rick S.'s Comment
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I'm thinking his urinalysis was 9 years ago, in relation to the collision

^^^^ This...

I had a motorcycle wreck in '93 - ran over a drunk pedestrian that ran in front of me at the last possible second. Traffic homicide came to the ER to get blood & urine from me. No worries - I was a number of years sober at the time. I was found to have ZERO LIABILITY in the accident.

If you were "dirty" in the urine - were you charged with DUI in the accident? If you had a DOT Reportable Accident in a CMV , and dropped a dirty - you would pretty much be dead in the water, and possibly even subject to criminal charges.

Otherwise - I don't think a non-DOT-reportable accident from a non-cdl-holder in a non-cmv, that didn't result in a DUI charge, from almost 10 years ago - is going to present an issue.

An accident with a head injury, they're going to be looking for a medical clearance.

Rick

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Top Llama's Comment
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As I understand it from looking at various employers recently, it seems most companies have the stipulation that you must have at least 5 years between now and when you failed or refused a drug screening. You mentioned 9 years in your post so I'm going to assume you're going to be all right but Brett is right, there is a distinct possibility that you'll need to look elsewhere. This is one of those situations where you need to be up front with your employer and see how they operate, there's no reason to keep yourself in the dark if they're going to be seeing 9 years of medical history.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Top Llama wrote:

As I understand it from looking at various employers recently, it seems most companies have the stipulation that you must have at least 5 years between now and when you failed or refused a drug screening.

Careful not to confuse DUI/DWI with a failed drug screen/test.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Joel S.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your comments. Yeah it was nine years ago and I wasn't driving. I was more or less concerned about getting a false application. It was nine years ago and I was a kid and it never crossed my mind till I read the medical report

Joel S.'s Comment
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I'll hopefully find everything out monday

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