Wnat Does "no SAP" Mean?

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G-Town's Comment
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You could be more respectful Terry. Try that approach next time…

It is rare that a reputable company will consider a driver who has completed SAP. In the current market…I’d go with “impossible”.

Uber for you.


It simply means they don't hire people who've had to go through the Substance Abuse Program. If you want to get back into trucking failing a D.O.T. drug test, you must go through a SAP program. Going thru the program does not give a mandate saying trucking companies must hire you. Some of them simply won't take that risk.


Thank you for the response and information. However, you could (should) have stopped after the first sentence. I didn't ask about any of those other things.

Additionally, you are incorrect. Upon further research, I have found that most job listings that indicate "no SAP" are referring to people who are actively in the RTD process, typically on the last step (Follow-Up Testing Plan). They are willing to hire someone who has obtained a drug test violation and completed the RTD process in the past, they just don't want to deal with the RTD process themselves (excessive drug testing, not enough time since test fail, requirement to post test results to FMCSA Clearinghouse, etc.).

In the future, I'll research just a bit more before posting questions. :)


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


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


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PackRat's Comment
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"I want help, but it must be the kind of help I know will be helpful. If it doesn't mesh with the scenario I have created in my head, you people must be wrong."

Get out of your own head Terry, before it's too late.

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