WARNING: Heyl Truck Lines

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  1. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    ....and had he taken the physical, and they try to force the sleep study on him, like thousands of these clinics do? Including me? That opens up another can of worms. No, if Heyl said his current card was good, then they shouldn't change their mind when he shows.
     
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  3. omaharj

    omaharj Bobtail Member

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    In my opinion....
    OP communicated to Heyl what he was looking for, what he was offering, and they agreed
    he was acceptable. They agreed on costs. When he arrived, they decided to change the agreement, he declined and they refused to do what they said.
    To me, this is no different than if they tell you you will be assigned a 2018-2020 Kenworth after orientation, than when you get there, they try to stick you in a Volvo that's 12 years old, stinks, and handles like a bad shopping cart with only 3 good wheels. You say that their email promised a newer KW and this is unacceptable. They cut you loose right then. What about my costs that they agreed to pay? They tell you to pound sand/

    According to OP, he was UPFRONT and specific about the med card. Heyl was lying to him to get him to show up. Lying recruiter? If he had said I have a med card and they said they still needed THEIR physical, he wouldn't have gone.
    The smell test on this one points to Heyl being a dirtbag.
    Can the OP get satisfaction? Probably not. Life goes on.
     
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  4. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    I don't think so @TB John . There are too many red flags flying here to know what exactly happened. They supposedly said his current physical was good. Until he showed up. Then they supposedly said they would cover his return cost's. Until they backed off on the offer of using his physical. Then everything changed.

    Shady driver? Maybe. Shady company? Probably.
     
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  5. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    This.. You will rarely to never get a true telling of stories on either side on any of these forums.. but after dealing with companies and drivers from both sides of the fence.. I would come closer to believing the companies over most of these driver stories. The industry has been a screwed up mess and its always true.. the drivers tend to want instant gratification of their "issues" whether or not its practical or even possible?
     
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  6. StoneSSD

    StoneSSD Bobtail Member

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    Big(er) companies will have a medical examiner on staff or contract. They do this to streamline the process for making sure drivers have their medical exam on file and up to date. The pool of drivers they hire from are generally not thought of as being responsible enough to ensure they can keep their paperwork and certificates up to date. Hince - the rejection of all outside DoT medical exams.
     
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  7. Anonymousproxy

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    99% of companies will have you get a DOT physical at a nearby clinic or their choice. Some of them like in Iowa will also require that physical to involve physical testing. My company makes it a driver’s responsibility to keep their medical clearance up to date.

    I will admit that Heyl recruiter could’ve made that company physical requirement known up front.
     
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    Elg1968 Light Load Member

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    You were not yet “Employed”, they don’t owe you anything.
     
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  9. racemaxx24

    racemaxx24 Heavy Load Member

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    With Concentra and other clinics notorious history of cramming sleep studies down drivers throats, a lot of times otherwise healthy and marginally overweight, I’m surprised people here can’t see why this guy would be apprehensive. If they wanted him to complete some sort of physical agility test for employment they should’ve been up front about such. I’m sure it could be completed separate from the DOT physical, the company I work for does it with someone completely separate from who we use for DOT physicals anyways.

    Eating the travel expenses sucks but based on your story I’m gonna say you dodged a bullet anyways. Plenty of better opportunities out there that won’t give you grief over having an outside physical
     
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  10. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    They are following the regulations as they are instructed to by their employers (the trucking company).. and its really only a benefit to the company. They face no downsides to the sleep studies. They are following the guidelines and putting drivers who are probably getting better rest in their trucks that someone who is potentially a ticking timebomb who can potentially legally ruin them. Its ALL about potential legal liabilities
    We have no idea what this driver knew, didn't know or flatly or selectively ignored. This is another one sided, totally partisan story off the internet.
     
  11. racemaxx24

    racemaxx24 Heavy Load Member

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    That could be applicable IF the company is using an in house doctor for physicals. However I am speaking of Concentra and other urgent care clinics who provide physicals as a service along side their other business. It doesn’t make a difference to the trucking company who sent there driver if he or she is “diagnosed” with apnea or not, they’re paying the same regardless. It does however make a difference to the clinic whom is almost guaranteed to be receiving a kick back from referrals and down the line equipment sales. Reps of all kinds are in these offices every day pushing to sell their products. You really think the clinic cares about the interests of a trucking company, or the driver for that matter?

    And on the topic of in-house doctors, a friend of mine formerly worked at Celadon often noted how frequently they sent drivers for sleep studies. He himself truly needed one, however guys with 0 underlying issues were sent on the basis of a BMI elevated over ideal by a few points. And after they came back now “diagnosed”, Celadon conveniently kept sleep apnea equipment in stock to sell from their in house clinic. I’m sure that’s coincidental

    You’re exactly right, and I even noted that my response was based off the information he provided being accurate. Obviously Heyl is never gonna come on here and offer their side of the story, so of course it’s going to be partisan.
     
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