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J K.'s Comment
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Hey all... New to the forum but not the world of driving. Been working LTL for just over 5 years.

Need some help or at least direction.. Back in October (2018), to my surprise, I popped positive on a random drug screen.. Tried to work with my company at the time for a re-screen or something to clear my name... Got no help at all.

Well, immediately after termination, I went and got myself an SAP counselor, had him check me out. Completed the program (simple online education course), passed subsequent screenings, and was issued a letter approving my return to duty. Took all of maybe a week, mostly due to waiting for appointment dates. I wholeheartedly believe either the original test got screwed up, or I am the most unlucky person on the planet and happened to pick up a drink with something in it, thinking it was mine, in the days leading up to the test.

Long story short, I'm now having a hell of a lot of trouble finding a new job because of this. LTL is all I know, I'm starting to go into massive debt trying to find something new, but can't. I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do to lessen the impact of that fail or what.. I feel like I'm running out of options.

Any advice would be appreciated, especially if someone can point me to a local Ft Worth TX area company that's more lenient and could keep me close to home.

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

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Any advice would be appreciated, especially if someone can point me to a local Ft Worth TX area company that's more lenient and could keep me close to home.

That’s a very specific request; I recommend searching online for local CDL work, including Craigslist. I would suggest looking through the classifieds, but I don’t know how much companies use print anymore. I might not hurt to try. Companies with more lenient hiring standards may be advertising for jobs in the paper. Just keep ‘pounding the pavement,’ so to speak, until you find someone who will give you another chance, allowing you to rebuild your credibility. But don’t sit waiting for someone to throw you a bone. Go find the job.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Navypoppop's Comment
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JK, I'm sorry for you if you failed a test and were innocent of the charges. At this point you have to re-group and hit the ground running. In a city the size of Fort Worth there has to be quite a few local companies that are in need of drivers and have a lenient hiring process. It might not be the job of your dreams but you will have to start again somewhere. Take all of your screenings and paperwork from the counselor and show it to any prospective employer and hopefully you will get an interview. Start early in the morning and cover every street and area and all types of operations that could be the beginning of your new opportunity. Good luck to you and be sure to have learned from any mistakes that could have been on you. Keep us informed.

J K.'s Comment
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Thanks guys. I'm going to keep looking, really hard with needing to be home daily or every couple days. I can't give up though, my family depends on me.

Was just hoping there was something above and beyond just seeing an SAP that I could do to regain some credibility..

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Pete B.'s Comment
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With something like that it’s all about you proving yourself again. Find that next job. Be excellent at it. Sounds like you’ve got plenty of motivation there. Don’t let them or you down. Good luck!

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