Dispatcher Wants To Talk To Me

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Rob T.'s Comment
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I haven't been given a random test since I've been driving ( 1 yr 9 months roughly) but I was given one 3 consecutive weeks in the last month I worked at Sysco south of Tampa in the warehouse. I put in my transfer request to iowa at the same time they changed policy to have a RN come to the terminal to collect samples rather than sending everyone to a collection site. Because they needed to test drivers they also did other departments at the same time. I'm surprised they told me it was random and not reasonable suspicion. Clearly I must have been on drugs to trade the sandy beaches for cornfields. Getting sent for a test is a inconvenience but it's one I'm willing to put up with in the name of safety. If we didnt need to worry about drug tests who knows how many drivers would be driving impaired.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I’ve only had one random test so far as a driver (knocks on wood). I ran the urinalysis testing program in several of my units in the USN, ending as one of the five administrators for a large area of the east coast. This included everything in VA, WV, NC, SC, and GA. Camp Lejune, NOB Norfolk, NAS Oceana, The Pentagon, etc. More than a million Department of the Navy personnel. Though it was all computer picks, it could be manipulated to the extent that a particular individual could be chosen, or not chosen, based upon the input of the information plugged into the parameters of the database.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I’ve only had one random test so far as a driver (knocks on wood). I ran the urinalysis testing program in several of my units in the USN, ending as one of the five administrators for a large area of the east coast. This included everything in VA, WV, NC, SC, and GA. Camp Lejune, NOB Norfolk, NAS Oceana, The Pentagon, etc. More than a million Department of the Navy personnel. Though it was all computer picks, it could be manipulated to the extent that a particular individual could be chosen, or not chosen, based upon the input of the information plugged into the parameters of the database.

When I was in the canoe club (79-83), they didn't have testing. I was a BAAAAAD BOY, constantly stoned - but they could never catch me in the act, or with the goods.

Can't get away with that kind crap anymore.

Larger companies are likely to do stuff in house (at terminals), and smaller ones (and O/O's) subscribe to a "testing consortium". Those guys will get your location, and send you to the nearest testing site, without delay.

FMCSA test rates are 25% for drugs, 10% for alcohol. Obviously - the 25% they test for drugs (because they test for alcohol too) exceeds the compliance requirements for the alcohol test requirements (which is WEIRD they only look for 10%, but, go figure).

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Strangely enough - other industries regulated by DOT have an even higher test rate. So I guess they're more concerned with people that work on RailRoad tracks, than truckers and pilots.

Rick

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.

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

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Aaaaahhhh, so the mystery is over. The guys who said "Drug Test" won all the money!

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