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Cheyenne H.'s Comment
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I'm trying to apply to companies that train you for your CDL. I applied at CR England yesterday. Everything was going well and I was set up to possibly start school this coming Monday. Then I asked about medications and rules...and it all went downhill like a truck that's lost its breaks, very quickly :-(. I have a back injury and I've been on pain medications for years. The gentleman I spoke with that deals with these sorts of issues (not the recruiter) said that only one of them is an issue because it's a narcotic, which is norco. He told me I'd have to quit taking it and that in 3 months with a doctors note verifying I was no longer being prescribed the medication, the company would then consider me.

Unfortunately I don't have that kind of wait time. I have to do this and I have to do it now, I should have done it alot sooner. I'm in a bad way financially, so I've got to jump in head first and hope for the best. Don't get me wrong, I've wanted to do this for years. I just wanted to stick close to home while my grandma was still with us. She's been gone for 3 years now and I feel like my grandpa is finally back on his feet emotionally and its time to finally start living my life for me.

What I need to know is if all training companies are as strict on the waiting time. If I have to quit taking the medicine, that's fine. It'll be done no problem. I just really have to get some money flowing asap. I currently work as a taxi driver and its just not cutting it at all. My grandpa depends on me to help him out. I can't let him down. There's bills to pay and just not enough to go around. If anyone here knows anything specific I'd greatly appreciate the helping hand. I'm rather desperate and I have no idea where to start.

Have a good day!!!! Cheyenne :-)

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.

SAP:

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.

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris B.'s Comment
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I'm trying to apply to companies that train you for your CDL. I applied at CR England yesterday. Everything was going well and I was set up to possibly start school this coming Monday. Then I asked about medications and rules...and it all went downhill like a truck that's lost its breaks, very quickly :-(. I have a back injury and I've been on pain medications for years. The gentleman I spoke with that deals with these sorts of issues (not the recruiter) said that only one of them is an issue because it's a narcotic, which is norco. He told me I'd have to quit taking it and that in 3 months with a doctors note verifying I was no longer being prescribed the medication, the company would then consider me.

Unfortunately I don't have that kind of wait time. I have to do this and I have to do it now, I should have done it alot sooner. I'm in a bad way financially, so I've got to jump in head first and hope for the best. Don't get me wrong, I've wanted to do this for years. I just wanted to stick close to home while my grandma was still with us. She's been gone for 3 years now and I feel like my grandpa is finally back on his feet emotionally and its time to finally start living my life for me.

What I need to know is if all training companies are as strict on the waiting time. If I have to quit taking the medicine, that's fine. It'll be done no problem. I just really have to get some money flowing asap. I currently work as a taxi driver and its just not cutting it at all. My grandpa depends on me to help him out. I can't let him down. There's bills to pay and just not enough to go around. If anyone here knows anything specific I'd greatly appreciate the helping hand. I'm rather desperate and I have no idea where to start.

Have a good day!!!! Cheyenne :-)

It may be a DOT thing not a company requirement. You have to have a clean drug test and be free of those kinds of meds in order to get your CDL. You can't go back on them while you drive either. All you can do is make as many calls as you can to know for sure.

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.

SAP:

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.

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.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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