Class A And Random Testing, Not Working Yet

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Lee P.'s Comment
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Hi All,

I just my Class A this year. I have not found work yet, and now my family is moving. It will be six months to a year before i begin my search for a trucking job. My questions are:

If I get pulled over in my personal vehicle by highway patrol or DOT law enforcement, can they randomly drug test me just for holding a Call A? Can anyone from DOT or law enforcement, just show up at my house, whenever and randomly test me? Even though i am not yet working?

I understand the rules regarding driver safety in this field, but again, I'm not currently working in this field, and will be sure to obey all of the rule, when i start seeking employment.

thanks. Lee

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.

Banks's Comment
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Your employer will be the one drug testing you. Police/DOT don't do drugs tests. Nobody shows up at your house asking for a urine sample.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Having a cdl doesn’t mean much except when your driving a vehicle of that class. Your bigger issue will be having the license without any experience when you go to find work. Be prepared to at a minimum go through a refresher course, but more likely a complete course again.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Nobody shows up at your house asking for a urine sample

So your telling me that was just some random weirdo?

Old School's Comment
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I sense a slight amount of paranoid fear in your post. Is this something you regularly struggle with?

So far the responses you've gotten are accurate. Your stale CDL is more likely to cause you problems than somebody chasing you down for some urine.

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.
Lee P.'s Comment
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Pj and Banks

thank you both for your comments

Banks's Comment
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Nobody shows up at your house asking for a urine sample

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So your telling me that was just some random weirdo?

I can't say. Illinois does everything a little different.

Turtle's Comment
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So your telling me that was just some random weirdo?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Apparently the OP is currently using some sort of substance. With that in mind, I suggest he remains drug free for 6 months to a year before attempting to get into trucking.

I have had several potential students contact me stating "I thought I was good.... I waited 3 months (4 months, 5 months) and now I'm in the clearinghouse".

Lee P.'s Comment
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Trucking with Kearsey,

No Issues with Drugs or alcohol. But yes, someone did show up at my home, asking about the school i attended. so it made me ask the question, about being tested, if pulled over, and after reading all of the posts, i wanted clear answers regarding all of the above questions.

I believe, drinking alcohol or being under the influence, while driving is a big deal and obviously very dangerous. however, people do use marijuana for cancer and other medical conditions and should be allowed to use it when not working. just my opinion.

thanks all for the replies.

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