Good News RE: Getting My Fed. Med. Back Sooner...

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Was able to get an earlier appointment with my Endocrinologist (3/21 vs 4/30). Pretty sure she will sign a new MCSA-5870 form so with a new DOT physical I can get my driving privileges back (post fall from truck).

Emailed one of my J.B. Hunt Amazon contacts to see if and how I might start a re-hire process. (If possible I assume I would go back to training at Target DC). Otherwise I need to start looking into other companies...

Local mostly dump trailer co. that visited our class with his rig was looking for 4 drivers in Spring. I could be a driver (trainee, again) by spring!

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

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Great news Marc. Keep us posted!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Old Dominion will be opening a terminal soon in Kenosha. So they will probably be looking to add some drivers.

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Great news Marc. Keep us posted!

Thanks Bobcat Bob!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Great news Marc. Keep us posted!

Thanks Tractor Man.

Contact I emailed suggested I go back to my original recruiter. Emailed her. Didn't hear back yet.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Bobcat Bob.

OD is only showing Milwaukee (in my area) at the moment with only one job. It is a City Driver. Sounds like LTL. It's not for me. Maybe Kenosha down the road (literally as well)!

Thought they don't hire newbies. Pretty sure 3 weeks training before falling off a truck doesn't count as experience.

Though I must say... it's been quite an experience!

I think I forgot to mention...

I thought maybe I'd go back to driving a limo. Did it for a while about 18 years ago. CDL not needed for most power units- yes she actually called them that but Fed. Med. card still is!

Geesh!

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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