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Future trucker's Comment
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Hi all I'm looking into to getting cdl training and becoming a truck driver. But like many people I have some questions and reservations about some things involved with it.

My first concern was I'm married and have 3 kids how can I go do a year of OTR and only see my wife and kids like 1 or 2 times a month . But then I found out that Roehl , and millis transfer both have flexible schedule . So that brings me to my first question are there any other companys that I should be looking into that offer training ,good pay, and the possibility of local , regional ,dedicated with out doing 6 month to 1 year of OTR?

2nd question my seem a little funny to some of you . It's about the hernia check part of the DOT physical. I'm not ok with any one other than my wife messing around in my pants for any reason. From what I've learned from reading online this is not required by the DOT . Correct? In fact a friend just had his dot pysicle done and they did not check. So if I get mine done by the same doc I don't have to worry but will Roehl,or millis accept the card issued by that doc when I go for training or do they have there own doc check you again no matter what ?

Hoping to get some feedback from you guys real soon and I'm sure I will think of more question too. Thanks in advance for any advice or help you guys can give

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

Jamie's Comment
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2nd question my seem a little funny to some of you . It's about the hernia check part of the DOT physical. I'm not ok with any one other than my wife messing around in my pants for any reason. From what I've learned from reading online this is not required by the DOT . Correct? In fact a friend just had his dot pysicle done and they did not check. So if I get mine done by the same doc I don't have to worry but will Roehl,or millis accept the card issued by that doc when I go for training or do they have there own doc check you again no matter what ?

I don't know about those companies but Schneider required you to get another DOT physical the first day during orientation and we had to have that test done. But I did not when I had my DOT physical for school and before for my taxi permit.

I do know some companies will accept dot physicals else where and some even require you to have one before getting there. I'm sure someone else will comment who knows about these companies.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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I'd also like to add it may or may not be required by DOT , but the company may require it.

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.

Old School's Comment
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You better stay out of trucking. Somebody's gonna be feeling around on your downstairs department at a minimum of once every two years. Of course no one gets their jollies from this, including the physician. It's done and over with in a matter of seconds. If you want to enjoy this awesome career, you'll have to get accustomed to having folks check on all kinds of things about you, including those pesky hernia checks.

There's little to no privacy in trucking. There's background checks, random drug and alcohol testing, and even the cab of your truck and your personal belongings can be randomly searched through. Get over it, or find a career that's not so highly scrutinized and regulated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
andhe78's Comment
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Legitimate concern-I know my last three examiners seemed to really be excited over the hernia check during my dot physicals. Two of the doctors were so impressed, they gave me their phone numbers.

But seriously, you are going to let something as small as a couple second part of an exam (done by professionals) keep you from making $70k a year to support your family? You’re going to run into scarier obstacles on the trucking journey.

Just realized I’m a *****, will let a guy feel me up every two years for $150k. Am I too cheap?

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.

Dee Squared's Comment
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I cannot speak for all companies because possibly some small businesses may not but in most companies of any type that requires physical labor will have a physical as part of employment nothing to do with DOT. We do at a car dealership I am at now because last thing I want is to hire someone and then have them file a claim for work comp on me. It is done to protect both parties really.

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.

Mike D.'s Comment
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From what I have read, you can request another examiner to preform the groin hernia exam or simply deny that exam all together. It will be noted in the report. But all injuries and illnesses in the past 5 years must be filled out on the D.O.T. medical examination form.

Jamie's Comment
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From what I have read, you can request another examiner to preform the groin hernia exam or simply deny that exam all together. It will be noted in the report. But all injuries and illnesses in the past 5 years must be filled out on the D.O.T. medical examination form.

I don't see any reason to decline the exam, it takes less then 10 seconds. Im sure most companies will require the test.

Old School's Comment
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From what I have read

Mike, with all due respect, those are some of the most misleading words you can introduce a statement with. I've "read" a lot of things. The source of your reading is most critical when it comes to providing helpful information.

You guys need to remember, you don't just satisfy the D.O.T. requirements when landing a trucking job. You satisfy the company's policies or you go home. The company's policies are ultimately what you will abide by, and most of them are more strict than the D.O.T.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike D.'s Comment
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From what I have read

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Mike, with all due respect, those are some of the most misleading words you can introduce a statement with. I've "read" a lot of things. The source of your reading is most critical when it comes to providing helpful information.

You guys need to remember, you don't just satisfy the D.O.T. requirements when landing a trucking job. You satisfy the company's policies or you go home. The company's policies are ultimately what you will abide by, and most of them are more strict than the D.O.T.

Lol...true that Old School and I agree that the hiring company has the final say. But here is where I found this at...fwiw.

http://www.occ-doc.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=154

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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