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Ian W.'s Comment
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I enrolled in a CDL-A school about 4 weeks ago. Needless to say, I have my permit, and I am scheduled to take the road test in about 2-3 weeks. I have loved tractor trailers since I was a little kid, and I KNOW I am destined to do this. With that being said,I am graduating and obtaining my CDL-A license very soon and I am looking to obtain an OTR job with a company that accepts recent grads. MY BIGGEST issue is that I NEED to find a company that does not do hair follicle testing. I'm only 23 and I recently decided to grow up 4 months ago. I know that DOESN'T justify anything, but I WANT this so bad. Please guys, help me out. I feel like I have hit a dead end. I'm destined to do this and I want to do this. Please list companies that ONLY do the required the DOT UA, not the hair follicle test, and that hires students. THANKS GUYS!

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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.

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.

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.

mountain girl's Comment
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Yo. First. Relax. I'm from Montgomery County. Chill. Go to the Mawl. Take a few laps. Get on hwy 309 or 202 and get lost for a while. Oh, wait. That's not very hard to do.

Go to the top of this page and write into the search box: DOT Testing and hit "Enter." There's a very long thread that along the way, has a growing list of companies that do and do not test using hair follicle. I know for a fact that Con-way Freight only tests using the UA because I just took that test in July.

Hair follicle goes back 90 days. UA goes back 30 days. Cut your hair down to a really tight buzz cut and fooget about it or choose a company that only uses UA.

You'll be fine. Welcome to Trucking TruFF, Homie!

-mountain girl

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ian W.'s Comment
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Yo. First. Relax. I'm from Montgomery County. Chill. Go to the Mawl. Take a few laps. Get on hwy 309 or 202 and get lost for a while. Oh, wait. That's not very hard to do.

Go to the top of this page and write into the search box: DOT Testing and hit "Enter." There's a very long thread that along the way, has a growing list of companies that do and do not test using hair follicle. I know for a fact that Con-way Freight only tests using the UA because I just took that test in July.

Hair follicle goes back 90 days. UA goes back 30 days. Cut your hair down to a really tight buzz cut and fooget about it or choosearrow-10x10.png a company that only uses UA.

You'll be fine. Welcome to Trucking TruFF, Homie!

-mountain girl

I tried to get in contact with those companies and all of them require some type of OTR experience. I just feel like this is a lost cause. I know it's not but I keep hitting dead ends! If anyone knows anymore companies, or if you do, let me know! THANKS a TON!smile.gif

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

mountain girl's Comment
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Hm. Does it have to be OTR? Werner is taking on new grads but I don't know what their test is. You still should be good to go with hair follicle if you stopped ...whatever ...4 months ago.

I'm hoping Brett will pipe in and help, too. Go to this link Truck Driving Jobs

Off the top of my head, for new drivers there's:

May Company

CRST

Schneider

Melton

Old Dominion

Con-way

Stevens Transport

...help me out, Guys. There are a ton.

Also, get some pre-hires , now, while you're still in school. Understanding Pre-Hires

-mountain girl

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Unless they changed it, have not has a drug test in over a year, Werner only does us. Hopefully one day they will go to test hair also.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's very hard to get that information except from people who are working at these companies. I wish we had someone that worked at a big clinic or something that could keep us updated about which types of testing the different companies are using.

The other problem is that it can change in an instant. All a company has to do is decide they want to use hair follicle testing and just like that they've switched.

Hopefully a few drivers here that have tested recently can give us some updates.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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It's very hard to get that information except from people who are working at these companies. I wish we had someone that worked at a big clinic or something that could keep us updated about which types of testing the different companies are using.

The other problem is that it can change in an instant. All a company has to do is decide they want to use hair follicle testing and just like that they've switched.

Hopefully a few drivers here that have tested recently can give us some updates.

I know Roehl sent me info yesterday that said I would have to have a non DOT hair follicle test done.

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.

MRC's Comment
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I believe it stays with you for 6 months and you need to be careful if you are hanging around users, depending on amount. The info is on the net from the actual companys that do them. Good Luck

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Unless they have changes within the last 6 months, Prime only does UA testing. They take recent grads. They have a great training program.

Ernie

Kenneth A.'s Comment
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Unless they have changes within the last 6 months, Prime only does UA testing. They take recent grads. They have a great training program.

Ernie

Just took test with Prime little short of two weeks ago and was only a UA test.

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