Swift New Hire DOT Physical Nonsensical Rules

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GeorgeDee, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. GeorgeDee

    GeorgeDee Light Load Member

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    Soooo....Swift a DOT Physical before you go, done at an approved clinic and within 30 days of the day you arrive. I obtained my Class A Learner's Permit last week and had my 2 year DOT Physical done 8/22, which was a little more than 2 weeks ago. but because it wasn't done at an approved clinic I was told I need to get another physical done at the clinic of swifts choice...at the cost of $70 ....again...even though I have a valid DOT Physical Long Form and Medical Card from Primecare... that I literally just paid $70 for...which the DMV had NOOOOO problem with ..hence my CDL Permit....so why is this not good enough for Swift..Lets say the physical I had done was done at an approved clinic, by the time I get out there it would have been over 30 days old and I would need to get another physical done before I leave even though I still have 23 months remaining on my current VALID DOT Physical Long Form and Medical Card.. again , good enough for the DMV but not for Swift...
     
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  2. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    The good news is that Swift will pay for your new physical.

    The bad new is you have to go back and stand in line at the DMV and submit the new long form.
     
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  3. Palazon

    Palazon Road Train Member

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    Want a laugh? I did the same thing..... and used their doctor/clinic. Still had to redo it...... (6 yrs ago). GTI did the same thing a year and a 1/2 ago.
     
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  4. GeorgeDee

    GeorgeDee Light Load Member

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    lol, I thought I was the only one..i feel better about it now...thanks for letting me know they pay it back
     
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  5. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    I totally agree with the OP.

    If a person had a LEGITIMATE physical with BONA FIDE doctors approved by both the state DMV and the D.O.T., why should Swift, or any other trucking company for that matter, make the applicant go through the whole process of getting a physical all over again? The 2 year medical card issued to the OP is already "signed, sealed, and delivered".

    One would think that this would make the trucking companies happy campers because they do NOT have to go through the economic expense or hassle of awaiting for the applicants results, especially if they have already been legally and legitimately obtained.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Insurance companies, lawyers, fraud. You can purchase a medical card from some clinics or get one off the internet. At one time you could buy blank medical cards at some off brand truckstops. Trucking companies are protecting themselves by requiring another physical from their approved doctor.
     
  7. GeorgeDee

    GeorgeDee Light Load Member

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    while I agree with this statement, I also feel like all Swift has to do is check my DOT Stuff...they check everything else ... and if the card is from a legitimate clinic and is singed off by one of the doctors and then approved for the DOT Database by the DMV...its not Swifts responsibility .that should be on the DMV for legitimizing the card in the first place...I dont mind wasting a day of my life to accomplish a goal since they pay me back though
     
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  8. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    That's how all the mega carriers are I spose to make their insurance company happy.
     
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    123456 Road Train Member

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    Darn rules.........
     
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  10. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    From the looks of it, the mega carriers are covering their tails and appeasing their insurance companies. Sadly and unfortunately, common sense does NOT exist anymore.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!
     
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