Passed Gen. Knowl. Test (already Had Air And Combos)

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Still chasing paperwork for a medical exception I need so I couldn't get my learner's permit.

Will do more / know more on that soon. Have about 2.5 weeks to get State process done or I will lose road training days. With 10-hour weekend day classes it will be hard to recover from such misses. Fortunately, WI turned my paperwork around quickly by snail mail and they can do 48 hr. rush processing for FAXes or uploads (followed up with a phone call).

Fed. process can take up to 6 months and can't submit that one until I see a specialist later this month.

(Insulin diabetes is the issue).

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

G-Town's Comment
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Marc there is an experienced driver on the forum named Pianoman. Search on his name, in particular his diary posts, he had to get the same medical clearance you are pursuing. He did finally prevail.

Good luck.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks G-Town!

Will do!

I think I know what I need to do... mostly issues are getting multiple medical personnel to fill out and sign required paperwork properly. Minor issue at DMV was my initial med. card was for Fed. (Interstate) purposes. They need a new card checked Intrastate for the LP they can issue it once I get the with State waiver (initial request not approved). Seemed odd as my understanding is you combine card with waiver to = approval. I would have thought they could have issued the LP (which would not have yet been valid) after I passed tests.

They, of course, saw it differently!

Of course Opthamologist writting "must be addressed by primary care physician" all over any part of form not dealing with vision didn't help. Still needed her stuff on dif. form for Fed. though. Hoping original DOT med. examiner can do 2nd State form (asked origionally, they didn't see it my way at the time,) and that my Primary can fix whatever they didn't like about his form!

And the saga continues!

Marc there is an experienced driver on the forum named Pianoman. Search on his name, in particular his diary posts, he had to get the same medical clearance you are pursuing. He did finally prevail.

Good luck.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Marc, “Intrastate” limits you to operating a CMV only in the state issuing your license. If you intend on going OTR , you’ll need to change that designation.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc, “Intrastate” limits you to operating a CMV only in the state issuing your license. If you intend on going OTR , you’ll need to change that designation.

Understood! I just need inTRAstate waiver for training class purposes. If I don't get it by August 26th, I risk losing driving time attendance points in class, etc....

Federal process can take up to 180 days including publishing the request twice in the Federal Register and allowing a 30-day public comment period. Can't make this stuff up!

Unless the state makes me surrender my federal med card with (diabetes exception noted) it may still be valid when I get the federal waiver.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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