Prime Rider Policy- Meds?

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Marilyn R.'s Comment
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Hi! Brand new here, just finishing up TNT at Prime Inc. And intend to bring my husband and cat along. I searched the internet everywhere and can't find a single thing about it, but I was wondering, what are the laws/rules on my passenger? I know there's strict no alcohol on the truck in general. Got it. But he's on ADHD medications. Is that going to be a problem? And I was also wondering for myself as well. I've been having a small period of slight depression. Nothing I can't handle, Ive dealt with much worse. But I'd like to be at my full potential. I haven't gotten on any cuz I'm in the middle of training. But I've heard prime can be picky on the meds. Is there any other information anyone has? Any recommendations? I know I'd need a letter from the doc but I wish I knew which meds were no/ok so id know what ones to avoid. I'd like to not get "disqualified" my first year. Thanks so much in advance :)smile.gif

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 14ยข 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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hello. Your passenger's medication is not an issue UNLESS they are narcotic/controlled substances types. Those cannot be on the truck at all. As for you, that is a different story. Prime can indeed be picky about that. The best people to ask would be Trinity at the Springfield terminal. They make those decisions. Even with a doctors note, they will reject some meds. Good luck

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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Marilyn,

Is your cat on any prohibited drugs? If not and push comes to shove, you could, as a last resort, take the cat and leave hubby at home. Hey one out of two ain't bad!

Seriously, do you have to fill out a form from Prime where they ask if your rider (human) is on certain meds? I never thought about this scenario, but would be curious to hear what you find out. Good luck with your plan.

Bill P.'s Comment
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Hello. Your passenger's medication is not an issue UNLESS they are narcotic/controlled substances types. Those cannot be on the truck at all. As for you, that is a different story. Prime can indeed be picky about that. The best people to ask would be Trinity at the Springfield terminal. They make those decisions. Even with a doctors note, they will reject some meds. Good luck

ADHD meds are often amphetamines, which likely are on a controlled substance list.

Also, I don't know why random ignorant people working for a trucking company get to decide what prescription drugs aren't allowed. It should be up to doctors.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Also, I don't know why random ignorant people working for a trucking company get to decide what prescription drugs aren't allowed. It should be up to doctors.

You seem to like throwing that ignorant word around, yet you are ignoring the fact that these companies are on the hook for billions in liability claims when some "random ignorant people" misuse these drugs while driving, and kill people.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Marilyn R.'s Comment
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well unfortunately the plan was to bring hubby and cat so I can ditch the apartment, bank all my money and save up for a house. So it's an unfortunate situation. I will ask and see what prime says ultimately.

Marilyn,

Is your cat on any prohibited drugs? If not and push comes to shove, you could, as a last resort, take the cat and leave hubby at home. Hey one out of two ain't bad!

Seriously, do you have to fill out a form from Prime where they ask if your rider (human) is on certain meds? I never thought about this scenario, but would be curious to hear what you find out. Good luck with your plan.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marilyn, I'm trying to do the same as you. Stop renting a place and basically live in my truck. That has worked out for some people and I hope it works out for you. You probably know that two people and a cat is a big crowd for a standard sleeper truck. But many team drivers do it successfully but many have a separate house or apt. where they can go to decompress.

Also, does Prime let you take a rider out as soon as you go solo? Most companies have a policy, like 6 months of incident free driving. One incident sets the clock back to zero.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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well unfortunately the plan was to bring hubby and cat so I can ditch the apartment, bank all my money and save up for a house. So it's an unfortunate situation. I will ask and see what prime says ultimately.

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Marilyn,

Is your cat on any prohibited drugs? If not and push comes to shove, you could, as a last resort, take the cat and leave hubby at home. Hey one out of two ain't bad!

Seriously, do you have to fill out a form from Prime where they ask if your rider (human) is on certain meds? I never thought about this scenario, but would be curious to hear what you find out. Good luck with your plan.

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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Also, does Prime let you take a rider out as soon as you go solo?

Yes. As soon as I got my solo truck at Prime, my wife jumped in and we were off!

Marilyn R.'s Comment
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well, I got let go from my job during the begining of covid. Saved all of that extra unemployment, paid bills early, and went to prime. But while home, quarantining at the begining when it was the big scare, we did fine in our tiny cramped apartment together. One of our main hobbies together is to go on long drives in my personal vehicle. 100,000 miles on my car I've had for 2 years. So I figured I'd put the miles on a truck instead lol.

Marilyn, I'm trying to do the same as you. Stop renting a place and basically live in my truck. That has worked out for some people and I hope it works out for you. You probably know that two people and a cat is a big crowd for a standard sleeper truck. But many team drivers do it successfully but many have a separate house or apt. where they can go to decompress.

Also, does Prime let you take a rider out as soon as you go solo? Most companies have a policy, like 6 months of incident free driving. One incident sets the clock back to zero.

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