DOT Exam

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Doc Sorting Dude, May 7, 2016.

  1. Doc Sorting Dude

    Doc Sorting Dude Active Member

    After years of driving a W700, I've bid for a new route that uses a Sprinter exclusively. My DOT card expires in 2 months. I'm getting conflicting answers about needing to be qualified as a DOT driver for a sprinter. Some say there is no need to take the exam anymore. Is this true? I'm getting up there age wise and really bidded for this new route because I am only 3 years away from retirement. Feedback?
  2. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    You Don't need a DOT card for sprinter, however if the bid route has the possibility of hauling DG that requires placarding then yes you will have to keep DOT, the BID in JCATS will say DOT or NON DOT.
  3. outtatime

    outtatime Active Member

    You need one if the Sprinter is one of the Dodge versions with dually rear wheels.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I would think you would want to renew your card "just in case".

    Are there health issues that may disqualify you?
  5. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    3 years from retirement at fedex? You must be 94
  6. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    This is correct, however ask the manager on the bid.
  7. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    it's better for you to have the dot card in case there are any changes. remember murphy's law. whatever can go wrong will go wrong. is that right?
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  9. Star B

    Star B White Lightning

    Huh, our 2500 sprinters say "DRIVER MUST BE DOT QUALIFIED"
  10. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    If Fedex doesn't need you to be DOT certified they won't pay for it.
  11. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    They let most of our certifications expire in my building. Pretty much only PM people, cover drivers and couriers who drive 700s or 900s still have them.
  12. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    2500 sprinters are under 10k gvw. 3500 are over. Depends on the truck you will be driving as to whether or not you need the medical card.
  13. 59 Dano

    59 Dano Well-Known Member

    He can't transport placarded DG with a DOT card unless he also has a CDL with a hazmat endorsement.
  14. Doc Sorting Dude

    Doc Sorting Dude Active Member

    Health issues? No, but as we get older; it is harder and harder to pass the DOT exam. I had for years an industrial route and want to leave the heavy pups to the younger guys. Many in our station renew their DOT cards just in case they need to driver a 700 or larger in case a sprinter to service or something. Oh well, I may just renew it. It's not like I'm paying for it. Our workgroups are getting younger and younger as this year we will see no lees than 6 people retire.
  15. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    She's got 99% of us on ignore so she has no clue answers have been given numerous times before she pipes in with all her "wisdom".
  16. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    We had just the same thing happen Older guy got dis-classified? down to NON-DOT, engineering says he needed a W700 2 yrs later, and viola he can't pass the DOT test because of some health issue... last I heard he some sunny spot in AZ....