Medical Card Renewal

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Big Ben's Comment
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Hey everyone, I have to renew my medical card and my DM is telling me to go do it on my day off. My question is, should I be on the clock and getting paid for doing and getting it renewed? My DM told me that I wont be getting paid for the hours I spend on my day off doing it because it is not job related. Thanks and I would appreciate the feedback.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Your cdl is YOUR asset, and has nothing to do with the company you drive for. It's not the company's responsibility to maintain your license. After all, you can take your license anywhere in the country and work.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Although it is job related, it is also personal business. Business that we all must conduct in order to stay legal and employed. An hour or so out of your day-off isn't worth the negative energy. Besides, if your day-off also serves as a 34 hour reset, logging yourself on-duty while getting your physical just fouled up your reset.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Although it is job related, it is also personal business. Business that we all must conduct in order to stay legal and employed. An hour or so out of your day-off isn't worth the negative energy. Besides, if your day-off also serves as a 34 hour reset, logging yourself on-duty while getting your physical just fouled up your reset.

Or it extends the reset and gives you more time off lol

There is so much we do off duty and don't get paid for. This doesn't bother me. However prime has a doctor in the terminal , so its not counted as my home time. I'd be more upset about the home time wasted rather tthan the money. In my area you can sit in the doctor for hours.

Prime paid for my two physicals. So I'm wondering if they will keep doing so...and if so, then how could it be argued not job related if the company pays lol

Never thought about it.

But the original poster is an experienced driver who must have been down this road before. Which means he is making pretty good money by this time. Why argue over minimal amounts. Even IF they did pay you for your doctor visit, they would probably break it down to $10-20. Is that really worth the hassle of ticking off your DM who gives you big loads and puts $50,000 in your pocket every year? Cause let's face it...he could drop that number. We rely on DMs as much as they do us.

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.

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.
Big Ben's Comment
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Thanks for all your input everyone I was just a bit confused and was hearing different answers from other drivers so I came here to settle it because you are all more well informed lol

Auggie69's Comment
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We get paid for the hours taken to do this.

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