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Jenn260's Comment
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I have no idea if I am going to be able to graduate now. On Friday 2 days before testing I was told by the admin person she heard rumors from other students. I had to take another drug test. Mind you I have no issues taking one except my meds pop as pcp and I need to get another statement from the dr. According to DOT & FMCSA they are only allowed to do it if behavior is observed by a supervisor. She did say if not for suspicion she would claim random yet I am the only student that has been randomly selected ever. Can't I just pass my test already instead of being suspended till this is cleared up.

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.

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.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I Understand your frustrations Jenn, from what we've heard you've had a heck of a time. Just stay the course. No reason to give up now, your so close. Just a side note, I'm not sure what meds/condition your being treated for and frankly it isn't important, but if possible I'd suggest trying to see if there are any alternatives that are still DOT acceptable but won't cause a positive test. It will definitely save you time and money down the road once your out there working.

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.

Chuck 's Comment
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If you do the drug screen the people doing the collection cannot tell the lab anything about what you are taking if you convey that information and the lab doing the test cannot know simply so that there is no influence of what the results actually show. The MRO that reviews the results will need to check with you on what meds you take and get permission to check with the pharmacy for verification purposes. If needed then he or she can request information from the prescribing physician that you are getting the scripts from. I am not aware of any meds that show as PCP, it does seem a little strange to be honest. The DOT regulations require a split specimen when collections are done so the second specimen can be sent to another lab for testing at the cost of the Donor to prove the results of the first specimen validity. Either way if you are going to be in trucking and have a CDL for your career be prepared to be tested on a Random basis either way because it is required by DOT. As long as you are not actually doing any illegal drugs or medications not prescribed to you then you should be fine.

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.

Jenn260's Comment
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Thank you for explaining the process. I haven't been able to get an answer on that. My medications are listed on my dot medical form due to my first drug test results. How long does the process take as I am not allowed back until then.

I am very frustrated at this point. It seems like it is never going to happen. I am not giving up though. I am going to show them they can't hold me down!!

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.

Chuck 's Comment
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Thank you for explaining the process. I haven't been able to get an answer on that. My medications are listed on my dot medical form due to my first drug test results. How long does the process take as I am not allowed back until then.

I am very frustrated at this point. It seems like it is never going to happen. I am not giving up though. I am going to show them they can't hold me down!!

It normally takes 2-4 business days to have a drug screen completed as far as results go. It can take longer if there are issues with the test. Of course if you need to have the second specimen tested then that will add time to your testing. The DOT physical does ask what meds you are on simply because they want to know if anything can affect your driving or ability to do your job. The physical is separate from the drug screen, only a Urine dip is required for the physical to make sure that there is not any blood or sugar in your urine again for physical purposes. Most companies are required to put employees into their random drug screen rotations after they are actually working for them. They can do pre-employment drug screens to make sure you are clean prior to working for them. The DOT does not require a drug screen with the physical, the drug screens people have to do are for the school requirements and eliminating anyone that cannot pass one. You are welcome for the helpful information, many people do not know what DOT rules are when it comes to the drug screens. You can google them if you look up DOT drug screen regulations so that you are more familiar with them. Good luck to you.

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.

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