Drug Test Release On Application

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Jeremy G.'s Comment
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I’m applying for a new job and it’s asking for me to release former employment drug testing. I have no problem with this, but am curious as to where they get that information from. It wants me to release current employer and I’m concerned they would contact the current employer. I don’t want to lose my job do to searching for another. Thanks for the help!

PackRat's Comment
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So are you going to jump into this trucking thing or not? This career is all about commitment. If you have nothing to hide, fill out the application. If you don’t want to possibly get fired, don’t apply. Come back to this if and when you’re ready to jump on n with both feet. There is no halfway in this industry, it’s ALL IN or stay home.good-luck.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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Jeremy packrat is 100% correct. How serious are you about trucking? If it isn't the right time to start trucking then wait. Assuming no background or license issues most companies can get you into orientation and school within a week. Worse case scenario you lose your job, you just get started on this new journey. Not having that safety net to go back to would be beneficial to you. Many people have gotten their CDL then go back to previous job when the going gets tough. It's easy to be overwhelmed and want to go back to what you know and is comfortable. Your first couple months solo you will want to quit numerous times.

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.
Jeremy G.'s Comment
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So are you going to jump into this trucking thing or not? This career is all about commitment. If you have nothing to hide, fill out the application. If you don’t want to possibly get fired, don’t apply. Come back to this if and when you’re ready to jump on n with both feet. There is no halfway in this industry, it’s ALL IN or stay home.good-luck.gif

I currently am a driver, but looking elsewhere. They ask for permission for release of former motor carrier drug tests. I have nothing to hide, as I’ve passed all tests I’ve ever taken. I just don’t want them contacting my current employer and alerting them that I’m searching elsewhere. If I don’t get the job for which I’m applying, it could jeopardize my current situation.

Jeremy G.'s Comment
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Jeremy packrat is 100% correct. How serious are you about trucking? If it isn't the right time to start trucking then wait. Assuming no background or license issues most companies can get you into orientation and school within a week. Worse case scenario you lose your job, you just get started on this new journey. Not having that safety net to go back to would be beneficial to you. Many people have gotten their CDL then go back to previous job when the going gets tough. It's easy to be overwhelmed and want to go back to what you know and is comfortable. Your first couple months solo you will want to quit numerous times.

What makes you think I don’t have my cdl already. They want the release of my drug testing with motor carriers I’ve worked with and my cdl school. I have no problem with that, as I have nothing to hide. My concern is if I don’t get the new job and they’ve contacted the new company. I could start loosing miles or employment and I can’t afford that. I am looking to have employment secured and then give two weeks notice without any hiccups. If they contact the fmcsa for drug testing records than cool, it doesn’t alert my current employer.

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.

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

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Turtle's Comment
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If you are a current driver at a company, you are required to list that company anyway as a current or former employer.

Big T's Comment
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Jeremy I wouldn't worry about it too much. Trucking companies know drivers look at their options. One thing you can do is ask the company you're applying to that they wait until the end of the process to contact your current employer.

I did that when I was looking and they had no problem. Carriers understand that as well.

When they did contact my carrier I got a call from my DM asking if I was leaving and I was honest with her. I told her I had applied with another carrier because they had offered more and not just a couple pennies. However in the end they couldn't match or beat my current employer's benefits package.

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.
Jeremy G.'s Comment
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If you are a current driver at a company, you are required to list that company anyway as a current or former employer.

I have already listed the current employer. It’s about the release of drug testing that is in question here. They ask for permission of the release of all motor carrier related drug testing. You can give them permission or not. Check a box for yes uncheck for no. It lists my truck driving school as one, Prime Inc. as another and my current employer. Who do they contact for that information? The employer or the government?

Turtle's Comment
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Jeremy, this doesn't make sense. You're concerned that the company you are applying to may contact your current employer, tipping them off that you're looking for another job. Yet the new company already knows of your current employer. So they can already contact them, regardless of the drug test query. Something doesn't sound right here.

Jeremy G.'s Comment
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Jeremy, this doesn't make sense. You're concerned that the company you are applying to may contact your current employer, tipping them off that you're looking for another job. Yet the new company already knows of your current employer. So they can already contact them, regardless of the drug test query. Something doesn't sound right here.

No the application asks for permission to contact current employer and I didn’t give them that permission. In fact every job I’ve ever applied for asks for permission, which I’ve never given. I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand. I don’t want my current employer to know, because I don’t want to start losing miles or employment before I secure a new job. I’ve heard stories of getting on employers bad side and there goes your miles, you end up sitting for days. As of now I don’t sit, I run hard and I would like it to stay that way. If I had a guarantee of employment with the new company it wouldn’t be a big deal. I can’t afford to go without. I live paycheck to paycheck and cant afford to be without. I don’t have a problem with the release of my drug tests. Nothing to hide there. I just know those tests are reported to the fmcsa or whoever and want to know if that is who they contact for the information. If so great!

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

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.
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