Will Dx Of Anxiety Disqualify Me From Driving?

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Lucio A.'s Comment
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I am 45 y/o and take medication for Anxiety. It is not a Narcotic. I take it before sleep. I have been taking it for 7 years and it has not affected my ability to operate a motor vehicle and or maintain stable employment. At age 30, I said I would become OTR truck driver at 45. Will my Anxiety diagnosis prevent me from being a driver?

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.

MRC's Comment
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Hey lucio, You shouldn't have any problems from what I can tell by what you said. What med are you on? Hell a lot of us have anxiety diagnosis and if you didn't before you jump into this job, you will after! I take Bupropion in the morn and busiprone at night before sleep.

Lucio A.'s Comment
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Thanks MRC

David's Comment
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There is no sure way to tell if your meds will disqualify you or not. They best place to find out is from a National Registered Medical Examiners. Find one in your area and talk to them about your meds and see if they are approved. The biggest ones I know of are Benzo's.

CDL-Life also published a page If You Take These Meds You Might Not Get A CDL . Its a good read with good info.

David

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.

CSA:

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

FMCSA:

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

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.

Fm:

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.
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