Are Emotional Support Dogs Allowed In Trucking?

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Lewis C.'s Comment
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One of my friends is about to start school...does swift accept ESD (Emotional Support Dog)?

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Did some quick Googling And found the following.

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals - ADA.gov

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Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

I have a feeling of this is the case, your friend may be facing an uphill battle and will be asking for an exception to the rules.

Perhaps a bigger obstacle to overcome (even if he has alegitimate disability requiring a certified service dog) will be convincing the company that his disability will not impede his ability to do the job safely and effectively.

There is a list of trucking companies that allow pets on this site so check that out.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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One of my friends is about to start school...does swift accept ESD?

As a lifelong dog person, I've been involved in dog training for years as a member of a kennel club when I lived in Illinois. Never heard of an "emotional support dog" though, is that along the lines of a "Service Dog" or more like a "Therapy Dog" Certified by TDI? Certified service animals are covered by ADA, so service animals are allowed in public places such as stores, restaurants, and yes even in the workplace. There are some caveats but I'm not quite familiar enough with the law to know all the nuances. I don't think therapy dogs have the same protections since they don't go through the same level of training required of a service dog.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Best Answer!

Did some quick Googling And found the following.

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals - ADA.gov

This is in the text

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

I have a feeling of this is the case, your friend may be facing an uphill battle and will be asking for an exception to the rules.

Perhaps a bigger obstacle to overcome (even if he has alegitimate disability requiring a certified service dog) will be convincing the company that his disability will not impede his ability to do the job safely and effectively.

There is a list of trucking companies that allow pets on this site so check that out.

good-luck.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Oh, also forgot, please report back and let us know how it works out if your friend decides to pursue the opportunity with Swift Or another carrier.

Marcus K.'s Comment
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Oh, also forgot, please report back and let us know how it works out if your friend decides to pursue the opportunity with Swift Or another carrier.

Es or therapy dogs do get most of the protections under law. They have rules just for them . You do need to have a doctor's letter stating that you need the dog for this reason . They require no training. I do not remember specifics but look it up under therapy dogs . You will find companies that sell the dog kits I.e. vests , I'd tags etc. They list the rules on site. Check several as some list it better with more information

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just remember that there are a lot of companies that do not allow dogs under any circumstances. So you may want to check ahead of time with the companies you are looking at. While service animals are protected under law that law does not supersede a company policy about no dogs. If a company does have a "No dog policy in trucks" and then you go to work there you will not be allowed to have ANY animal with you on a truck.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Swift's policy is to not allow pets on board.

I know, Lewis' friend needs an ESD. Trucking is a rough business. I think one ESD on board won't be enough.

Phox's Comment
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Just remember that there are a lot of companies that do not allow dogs under any circumstances. So you may want to check ahead of time with the companies you are looking at. While service animals are protected under law that law does not supersede a company policy about no dogs. If a company does have a "No dog policy in trucks" and then you go to work there you will not be allowed to have ANY animal with you on a truck.

Are you sure about that because service dogs are used for medical reasons so if you require one for medical reasons the company can't not hire you or fire you for using it and thus have to allow it because of the whole anti discrimination laws which include medical reasons.

i may be wrong though.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Did some quick Googling And found the following.

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals - ADA.gov

This is in the text

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Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

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I have a feeling of this is the case, your friend may be facing an uphill battle and will be asking for an exception to the rules.

Perhaps a bigger obstacle to overcome (even if he has alegitimate disability requiring a certified service dog) will be convincing the company that his disability will not impede his ability to do the job safely and effectively.

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I also found these:

What is the difference between a psychiatric service dog and an emotional support animal - http://www.servicedogcentral.org/content/node/76

3. A person with a disability has a right to be accompanied by a trained service dog which is assisting them in most public accommodations (places of business). A person with an impairment or a disability does not have a right to be accompanied by an emotional support animal unless individual state laws specifically grant this right, in which case it applies only in that state.

States that specifically exclude Psychiatric Service Dogs - http://www.servicedogcentral.org/content/node/464

Arkansas (Public Health Code § 20-14-304(a)), Delaware (Commerce & Trade Code § 6-45-4502), Florida (Social Welfare § 413.08), Georgia (Handicapped Persons Code § 30-4-2), Idaho (Public Welfare Code § 56-701A(7)), Illinois (Civil Liabilities Code § 740.13/5), Louisiana (Public Welfare Code § 46.1952), Massachusetts (Criminal Code 1.272.98A), Michigan (Penal Code Penal Code § 750.502c), Mississippi (Criminal Code § 97-41-21(5)(g), referring to a service dog for a “physically limited” individual), Missouri (Public Health & Welfare Code § 12.209.150.4), Oklahoma (Blind Persons Code § 7.19.1.D.2), Oregon (Education & Culture Code § 346.680), South Dakota (Personal Rights Code § 20-13-23.2), Tennessee (Professions, Businesses and Trades Code § 62-7-112(a))

I think your buddy might be out of luck and needs to research companies that will let him take a dog without trying to drag the ADA into it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Just remember that there are a lot of companies that do not allow dogs under any circumstances. So you may want to check ahead of time with the companies you are looking at. While service animals are protected under law that law does not supersede a company policy about no dogs. If a company does have a "No dog policy in trucks" and then you go to work there you will not be allowed to have ANY animal with you on a truck.

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Are you sure about that because service dogs are used for medical reasons so if you require one for medical reasons the company can't not hire you or fire you for using it and thus have to allow it because of the whole anti discrimination laws which include medical reasons.

i may be wrong though.

Many of the medical reasons that a service dog would be used for would disqualify someone from obtaining their CDL anyways. Seizure disorders, sight, hearing, extreme blood sugar shifts, psychotic episode disorders, mental diseases. If someone needs a true service dog, it's not for something benign.

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.
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