Prime Inc. (Drug Screening) *gasp*

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Charlie M.'s Comment
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Does Prime Inc use the DOT Drug Screening/Physical that they ordered me to take or do they have their own in-house drug test for employment purposes? There is absolutely no clear cut answer on this from anyone who attended PSD or TNT in recent times.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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If they sent you for one that is probably what they will use. Companies, may and will test any driver at any time. So, they could give you another.

What is your concern?

Navypoppop's Comment
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It shouldn't make a difference who they use unless you are worried about passing the physical.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Charlie, I don't know the answer to your question but I'll say this - if you fail a drug test your career is almost certainly over, at least for many years. You absolutely must not risk failing a test. Hair follicle tests can go back several months. If you're not sure if you're clean, take an extra 3 - 6 months to get there. We've seen way too many people end their career before it even began by failing a test before ever stepping into a truck. It's heartbreaking.

Passing these tests is not life or death for you, but it is for your career. Don't take any chances. Get 100% clean and then go for it!

Joseph G.'s Comment
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I'm starting orientation with Prime monday. I attained my DOT medical here in FL prior to my CLP. The medical does not test for drugs. They do take a sample of urine to test for common diseases which can reveal themselves through the liver.

Prime ordered a standard DOT drug screening and I went to Quest for this tuesday. I understand they can and will test again anytime. Many drivers have reported getting randoms within weeks of new hire.

I also understand that Prime has a DOT physical performed at training even if you have a recent card. I'm sure this is for verification.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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They can and will test you at any time, via urine sample. I started 4/18, and last time we rolled through inbound in Pittston, I was randomly selected for a test.

This is NOT something you should ever risk. If you have any doubts of passing via follicle or urine, wait out and stay clean.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm starting orientation with Prime monday. I attained my DOT medical here in FL prior to my CLP. The medical does not test for drugs. They do take a sample of urine to test for common diseases which can reveal themselves through the liver.

Prime ordered a standard DOT drug screening and I went to Quest for this tuesday. I understand they can and will test again anytime. Many drivers have reported getting randoms within weeks of new hire.

I also understand that Prime has a DOT physical performed at training even if you have a recent card. I'm sure this is for verification.

Best wishes Tomorrow, Joseph!!!!

Hopefully you'll do a diary; we LOVE THOSE! (And .. it's sO helpful for future prospects!)

~ Anne ~

They can and will test you at any time, via urine sample. I started 4/18, and last time we rolled through inbound in Pittston, I was randomly selected for a test.

This is NOT something you should ever risk. If you have any doubts of passing via follicle or urine, wait out and stay clean.

Yep, hubby's been driving for 20 plus years; and STILL gets randoms, at his company of 5 plus years. Often, after a holiday.

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Randoms are required by law and the tests have doubled in number over the last couple years.

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