Weird Question About Medical Cards

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Gregg M.'s Comment
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So I'm working on getting on with Prime, hopefully early next year. One of my hurdles is medical clearance. I currently have a medical card, which must be renewed annually, and have done so with no concerns for several years now. Unfortunately I know that Prime - like most companies - will require me to pass a physical given by THEIR doctor to be sure I meet their standards. I'm pretty confident I can do that, but if you read between the lines here you'll see I'm much more comfortable/confidant with the doctor currently doing my exams.

So my question is this - once I pass the onboarding exam, am I required to have my annual done by Prime, or can I go back to my current doc?

Hopefully one of the Prime drivers will jump in here with a specific answer . . .

Thanks

Gregg

Banks's Comment
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You'll be required to use Prime's doctors for physicals while you're employed by them. In fact, I've never heard of an employee being able to get a physical on their own outside of the company and it being accepted by the company. I'm sure there may be some that will accept a long form, but it's not common.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yep, I went into CRST with my prior medical card I got at the first "school" I went thru Only had to pee in a cup at the school on day 2, no biggee After that, they sent me to their clinics, for the renewals....

Will's Comment
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Company I drive for requires me to use their doctor. That's okay with me since they're paying for it

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Company I drive for requires me to use their doctor. That's okay with me since they're paying for it

Yep, same here (hubby's.) Sure is good to see YOU around again, fellow Buckeye! Who're ya with now, may I ask?

Again, it's nice to have it 'company paid' and ... after a year (or however long you get approved for; Tom has 2 years...) you'll get familiar enough with their Doc of choice, too. Works fine.

~ Anne ~

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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I'm in Knight Squire Training (week two) and had obtained my medical card from a certified DOT location that was an urgent care situation. When I got hired on with Knight I had to go to their doctor. Mostly the same, but this time there was some lifting 20/40/60 pounds onto different shelves. Not that easy when you're only 5' 2 3/4", but doable. There was more in-depth heart rate monitoring and a check on my color recognition. That was a bit of an issue with those "pick out the number" within lots of tiny colored dots, but then he pulled out different colored item that I easily identified.

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.
Will's Comment
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Anne, I'm with Keller Trucking out of Defiance.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Anne, I'm with Keller Trucking out of Defiance.

NICE !! TEK; Great company, as we hear. Won the 'Best Fleets' AGAIN this year, as did Garner. We've got some nice carriers here in Ohio!

Happy for you, man. If I could get my guy to go back OTR , those two are the top contenders.

Stay safe!!

~ Anne ~

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Sorry for the late response Gregg. Prime will require you to pass the DOT physical at their facility while you're at orientation. Subsequently, this is what they sent me when I had to renew mine last month. "Reminder - your D.O.T. Physical needs to be done with either the Doctor on Site at the Springfield Terminal or any Concentra Medical Facility." The company van took me & picked me up from the doctor used by the Pittston terminal. 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.

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.

Gregg M.'s Comment
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Thanks guys - that's pretty much what I expected.

Gregg

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