How Long To Get Drug Test Results?

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DALTON L.'s Comment
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I am in Dallas and started orientation on Monday. That day they took armpit hair for testing. I assumed it would only take about 48 hours to get results back but I am still waiting. Not concerned that they will be positive but until I get cleared I am sitting here making no money. Do they deliberately hold results so they don't have to start paying you while you wait for a trainer to be available?

Big T's Comment
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We had people get put on hold twice. Once during school and once during orientation because they were waiting for test results. I don't know about follicle testing, but with urinalysis testing a lot of the bigger companies use the same clinics/labs in an area. In Fontana it is Swift, CR England, CRST, JB Hunt, and I think US Express all using the same clinics. When you figure that orientation can have around 60 drivers the clinics/labs can get behind real quick.

I do not think it is anything other than the sheer number of tests being run at a given time.

I am in Dallas and started orientation on Monday. That day they took armpit hair for testing. I assumed it would only take about 48 hours to get results back but I am still waiting. Not concerned that they will be positive but until I get cleared I am sitting here making no money. Do they deliberately hold results so they don't have to start paying you while you wait for a trainer to be available?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

DALTON L.'s Comment
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We had people get put on hold twice. Once during school and once during orientation because they were waiting for test results. I don't know about follicle testing, but with urinalysis testing a lot of the bigger companies use the same clinics/labs in an area. In Fontana it is Swift, CR England, CRST, JB Hunt, and I think US Express all using the same clinics. When you figure that orientation can have around 60 drivers the clinics/labs can get behind real quick.

I do not think it is anything other than the sheer number of tests being run at a given time.

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I am in Dallas and started orientation on Monday. That day they took armpit hair for testing. I assumed it would only take about 48 hours to get results back but I am still waiting. Not concerned that they will be positive but until I get cleared I am sitting here making no money. Do they deliberately hold results so they don't have to start paying you while you wait for a trainer to be available?

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Thanks for the reply. It gets frustrating just sitting and not getting paid. And this terminal is like a prison cause it is in a bad area and no where to go nearby.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply. It gets frustrating just sitting and not getting paid. And this terminal is like a prison cause it is in a bad area and no where to go nearby.

Not to worry, Dalton, this will happen again. And again. It can be frustrating, but you will have times of waiting, and you mostly do not get paid for waiting. I know waiting for drug test results just makes it worse.

At least you are at a terminal this time, with a TV lounge & maybe passable restrooms. Twice in as many months I had to sit tight for 24 hours in an "undeveloped" truck stop, waiting for my load. Not paid, but I certainly lost time.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big T's Comment
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I can understand that. The hurry up and wait part of trucking. One of the guys in my class that got held up ended up missing two days of class because he was not allowed on the property until the results came back. He had nothing to worry about, but he still lost two days.

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We had people get put on hold twice. Once during school and once during orientation because they were waiting for test results. I don't know about follicle testing, but with urinalysis testing a lot of the bigger companies use the same clinics/labs in an area. In Fontana it is Swift, CR England, CRST, JB Hunt, and I think US Express all using the same clinics. When you figure that orientation can have around 60 drivers the clinics/labs can get behind real quick.

I do not think it is anything other than the sheer number of tests being run at a given time.

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I am in Dallas and started orientation on Monday. That day they took armpit hair for testing. I assumed it would only take about 48 hours to get results back but I am still waiting. Not concerned that they will be positive but until I get cleared I am sitting here making no money. Do they deliberately hold results so they don't have to start paying you while you wait for a trainer to be available?

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Thanks for the reply. It gets frustrating just sitting and not getting paid. And this terminal is like a prison cause it is in a bad area and no where to go nearby.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Should not take more then 48 hrs for DOT urine test results. Only certified labs do DOT and they can handle hundreds if not many more per day. Think about all the professions I.e. rail etc etc.

First step in lab is a SVT (sample verification test) meaning is sample diluted or adulterated... No reason a large company should not use a lab with prompt turn around time Furthermore, I figure getting drivers on road is paramount to company making money, but maybe not..

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.

DALTON L.'s Comment
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Well the results came back yesterday so that's good. Now waiting for my trainer .... thanks for the replays.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Whhhooooo hoo!! Good luck

DALTON L.'s Comment
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Thank you! Still waiting in Dallas. I might starve to death before I get out of here. Hope my trainer and I get along and work well together. Any advice on how to make the best of the next few weeks ?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Be patient with yourself. We are our own worst enemies. Missing a gear is not the end of the world. Stalling the truck is nothing new. Just think clearly and don't get frazzled...THAT is what causes accidents, the mental distractions.

Ask a ton of questions. Get a notebook to write it down. Voice record your trainer when they explain things.

Make a list of all the things you are unsure about or need clarification on then ask.

Keep us posted cause we are here to cheer you up and hear you vent lol

Training is hard. Get through it and life can be great.

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