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Ben A.'s Comment
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Phew, not going to lie, while I was reading your replies I was worried my truck driving journey would end before it even started.

Fortunately, after some research, there is still hope.

Source: General Questions About Commercial Driving With Diabetes

Can I drive a commercial motor vehicle if I use insulin?

Yes, if you meet certain safety and medical requirements. For many decades, individuals who used insulin were barred from driving commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Young people with type 1 diabetes could not consider a commercial driving career, and drivers with decades of exemplary and safe service were out of jobs once they began to take insulin to manage their type 2 diabetes. While some states offered (and continue to offer) waivers to allow people who use insulin to drive only within the state, many others followed the federal ban even for intrastate driving.

Fortunately, drivers who use insulin and who can meet certain requirements can now drive in interstate commerce. The Federal Diabetes Exemption Program, administered by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has eliminated this unjust blanket ban.

So that's good news. I guess I should start the process for getting my DOT Medical Certificate.

Perhaps Brett or someone can make a blog or question on truck driving with diabetes, so that future curious individuals who may wonder about diabetes & truck driving can find an answer as well.

Thanks for the answers to all my questions, I really do wonder how many truck drivers in the world are now truck drivers because of this site and you guys. :)

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

    Interstate Commerce:

    Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

    Interstate:

    Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

    Intrastate:

    The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

    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.

    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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Well that is certainly good news. I think instead of Brett writing a blog or post about it I think you should since you are the one that will be going through it. It would be through your eyes as it happened.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Perhaps Brett or someone can make a blog or question on truck driving with diabetes, so that future curious individuals who may wonder about diabetes & truck driving can find an answer as well.

That's great news and I was thinking that exact thing when I saw the link you posted. That's fantastic information and it's something I'd definitely like to bring more attention to.

Thanks for the answers to all my questions, I really do wonder how many truck drivers in the world are now truck drivers because of this site and you guys. :)

Interestingly enough I was just talking about this the other day. Our all-time stats for this site, dating back to January 2007, show:

3,510,163 Total Visits

2,264,890 Unique Visitors

13,582,321 Total Pageviews

So it's safe to say there are at least several hundred thousand people right now that came through this site and went on to become truck drivers. Now if I could just find a way to get a $1 donation from each visitor!!! rofl-2.gifrofl-3.gif

Tracy W.'s Comment
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So it's safe to say there are at least several hundred thousand people right now that came through this site and went on to become truck drivers. Now if I could just find a way to get a $1 donation from each visitor!!! rofl-2.gifrofl-3.gif

Well ... two things. I'd say just ask...and make some form of micropayment available, such as PayPal. And the other is, market the High Road program to the truck schools, do it using Rackspace Hosting, and your maintenance costs will pretty low. I know my CDL school used one that was not even a tenth as comprehensive or usable, and they were paying for it.

Using a web portal, you could control who uses it and for how long. Payment for 7, 14 or 30-day access could be by credit card or PayPal and be consummated immediately. Just set the cost to a reasonable amount, offer the schools a 30 or 90 day trial period, and I suspect it will make some money. You could also just offer it online to those preparing for the Learner's Permit.

I've set these up several times for companies, it's not hard and you could probably do it yourself, based on what I've seen, or there is any number of companies who would likely do it for a fee or a cut.

Of course, now I'll have a bunch of people mad at me for advocating you get compensated. :)

It really doesn't have to be expensive for you to get compensated, and for customers to get good value.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I'm actually in the beginning of the process of promoting it to the schools. I know there are some schools out there actually using it straight off the website. I'm hoping I can convince the rest of em to give it a shot.

I know! We need a grassroots campaign. I'll have our site's visitors go tell their school to try our program. I'll have to come up with a referral bonus, eh? smile.gif

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Yeah, I'm actually in the beginning of the process of promoting it to the schools. I know there are some schools out there actually using it straight off the website. I'm hoping I can convince the rest of em to give it a shot.

I know! We need a grassroots campaign. I'll have our site's visitors go tell their school to try our program. I'll have to come up with a referral bonus, eh? smile.gif

Yep ... a referral bonus would be great. Say something like: "Hey....promote my FREE training to a school, and you'll get FREE access to it!"

:)

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Yeah, I'm actually in the beginning of the process of promoting it to the schools. I know there are some schools out there actually using it straight off the website. I'm hoping I can convince the rest of em to give it a shot.

And by the way, Brett. I'd check with (if you have not already) a good Intellectual Property lawyer to see exactly what your rights are with High Road. IP is a funny thing when related to software and data. Toni Tease is really good, I've done a lot of work with her in the past.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks Tracy! I have a lot of the same ideas you've mentioned getting started here behind the scenes. It's going to take some time to get the ball rolling, but I think this training program is going to become an industry standard by the time I finish building it the way I envision and get schools and companies using it.

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Thanks Tracy! I have a lot of the same ideas you've mentioned getting started here behind the scenes. It's going to take some time to get the ball rolling, but I think this training program is going to become an industry standard by the time I finish building it the way I envision and get schools and companies using it.

Awesome, Brett. Based on what I've seen, you're the man for the job. Nothing beats having actual experience behind the application build. When I managed development teams and projects, the hardest thing was to get developers to understand the business rules. You started knowing those, and that's going to make a great difference.

Tracy

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I'm really hands on with everything. I'm not one to turn anything over to anyone else and trust them to handle it. I want to know everything that's going with every aspect of it.

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