Looking At Roehl Have To Take DOT And I Take Med Don't Know If I Can Drive?

Topic 18937 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
B.B's Comment
member avatar

I got a question ? Thanks for letting me join. I been taking Clonazepam 2mg a day at bedtime. I have been taking from 18 yrs old now I am 41. If I get my dr to write a letter saying I am ok to drive . And it don't hurt my driving. Is that what I need to do? I take it for nerves. I drove heavy equipment. But got laid of so I thought I would try truck driving. I didn't know if the DOT would pass me for taking the medicine. Thanks Rick

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.

MindFreak's Comment
member avatar

They are more than likely going to ask for your doctor to fill out a medical release form explaining why you take it and what effect it could have on your ability to drive. Some companies have their own policies on medications. An oilfield company I worked for said that I couldn't drive for 8 hours after taking a medication that I was on at the time.

Parrothead66's Comment
member avatar

It may eliminate some companies but as with anything involving government there are forms your Dr can fill out. I would think you'd need the letter before you go for your DOT physical. I currently take zolpidem (ambien) as a prn (as needed) "every night" medicine and nobody even blinked an eye. I have heard some people say that some companies have their no go list of meds, problem is they don't tell you ahead of time what that medicine is. But that's hearsay nothing I know for a fact. Good luck and remember forms forms forms

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.

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Welcome to the forum BB. There is a short answer to this, and a much longer one. The short answer is it depends; why is it prescribed? Important question. I don't need to know, but if it's for managing seizures than unfortunately it medically disqualifies you based on the FMCSA guidelines. Below, as follows:

FMCSA Medications Disqualifying a CMV Driver

If the above is not the case, then the advice that MindFreak offered is applicable. Keep in mind even though the FMCSA may allow a specific medication, each individual trucking company has specific policy on what is and what isn't medically acceptable. The bottom line; the Doctor who prescribed this must write a letter stating the reason you are taking it, indicating that it does not impair you in any way. Even with that explanation in-hand, the Medical Examiner may disqualify you based on the policies of the company you applied with. It's possible you can take something else that is acceptable to your employer. It's a gray area...you'll need to coordinate communication between your Doc. and the Medical Examiner, working with them both to arrive at an acceptable compromise.

Good luck!

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.

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

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.
B.B's Comment
member avatar

Thanks guys. It is Anxiety I been taking for 20 yrs. The dr is going to write a letter stating what it's for and why I take it. And that I can drive taking it. I take it at bed time. So I should get 8 hrs + sleeping before I start driving. Am I going the right way getting the paperwork before I goto take DOT. Thank ya.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
member avatar

Just a heads up, but I'm going to say don't even bother with Prime unless you are willing to go to orientation, be told you need to switch meds, and then come back in 30 days after doing so. And honestly IMHO it isn't worth it cause you found something that worked for you.

I know several people who were sent home for the "banned meds" list. Like said before, they don't tell you what meds are banned until you go. That med is strong enough I'm sure it's banned, and the ambien mentioned in another post would have been too.

I took a depression med after my sister died but had stopped three years prior. They basically told me if it was more recent I would have been denied.

Here's something to ponder though, and I mean no disrespect. If you are already on anxiety meds, perhaps you should consider whether you could handle such a stressful job. Some people find trucking to be extremely stressful. Meeting appointments, driving through chaos during construction and accidents. Having stupid mechanical issues or rush hour traffic can all push some people over the top with stress and anxiety. My own brother has so much road rage I would never want him in a big rig.

I ask cause I wouldn't want you stability jeopardized. Good luck

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More