Dispatcher Wants To Talk To Me

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Jamie's Comment
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That wouldn't comply with the protocol fir testing, Mr Grump. Once told, you have to go to the testing place immediately, if not sooner.

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Why didn’t they just tell you. It isn’t like you can do anything to cover it up anyway.

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Makes sense, but why not just route him back to the terminals, why say anything at all in advance.

I was coming home for my home time so I guess they figured that would work out.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That wouldn't comply with the protocol fir testing, Mr Grump. Once told, you have to go to the testing place immediately, if not sooner.

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Why didn’t they just tell you. It isn’t like you can do anything to cover it up anyway.

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Makes sense, but why not just route him back to the terminals, why say anything at all in advance.

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I was coming home for my home time so I guess they figured that would work out.

That’s what I mean. When you got there they could have just told you, rather than have you wonder for days. Or even tell you the day before or morning of.

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.

Keith A.'s Comment
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It's probably to not give guys any sort of advance warning they're going to be tested-- which ideally wouldn't be a problem because theoretically you should be able to pass a drug test any given day of the week buuuuut....

Rick S.'s Comment
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Bizarre the way they did that...

Rick

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol yep, worked with a guy years ago at Waste Management,,,, dude snorted coke all the time, n smoked weed. 1 night they send him for a random drug test, just because.

Well, bad part was, his buddy, our parts guy, took him for his test, duhhhhhh. Well, when results came back, turned out he was......... Pregnant !!......... hahahaha NO JOKE !

Guess they took a quick detour to his house for his wife to donate hers !! rofl-3.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Bizarre the way they did that...

Rick

I think every time my number came up they did that. It was always, "When you get to the terminal check in with me. We have something to tell you." I'd say, "What is it?" and they'd say, "We can't tell you until you get here."

That's how I knew that's what it was as soon as Jamie described the situation.

On that note, for those who like to think trucking has changed so much over the years - no, it hasn't. It's hardly changed a bit. There are a couple of new logbook rules and ELD's. Otherwise trucking is still pretty much exactly the same, right down to the littlest things.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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How "random" are random drug tests???? Are they age specific? In other words, are younger drivers more likely to get a random test than guys in my age range? (66)

Rob T.'s Comment
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How "random" are random drug tests???? Are they age specific? In other words, are younger drivers more likely to get a random test than guys in my age range? (66)

Every where I've worked (trucking and warehouse) theyve said it's all computer generated. If they were to "random" the younger drivers but not random someone old as dirt (YOU. just kidding....) then I'm sure someone would argue age discrimination with how sue happy our country has become.

Sorry to break it to you Bruce, you still cant smoke the devils lettuce

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sorry to break it to you Bruce, you still cant smoke the devils lettuce

Rob, that's too funny, I love it!

I've mentioned this before, but just so the newcomers can benefit from my experience here it is again:

When I had my drug test at orientation, it came back positive for Preparation H, Geritol, Doan's Pills and horse liniment. Thankfully, none of those are on the prohibited list. And, yes, I am as old as dirt. I am so old that I fart dust.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Bruce, I got drug tested heavily during my first couple of years at Knight. I was tested approximately 10 times during a 24 month period. I'd get these calls telling me to pull into whatever terminal happened to be near me and told to go see "so and so" - he's got something for you. After a while I asked the safety guy at my home terminal, "Is there something I've done that makes me appear to be a likely drug user? Or is it possible you guys are focusing on those of us who are likely to test clean? I don't really think 10 times in 24 months is random. What's the deal?"

His response was that the regulations require them to test a certain percentage of their drivers each year. I can't remember the percentage, but for the sake of explaining it, and for the easy math let's use 50%. He told me if they have 5,000 drivers they have to show 2,500 drug tests to meet those requirements. Since drivers are often transient and move frequently from one employer to the next you don't have to prove specifically that 50% of your drivers were tested, but that you did enough drug tests over the course of the year to cover 50% of your total amount of drivers. Sometimes a driver will be tested multiple times just to reach that required threshold. In the last three years I've not been tested at all.

He told me it was a computer generated random list each month, but it obviously does some funny things at times.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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