Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by speeddemon, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. speeddemon

    speeddemon Guest

    We have a driver slot opening soon. We got a reloader that wants it. However , he has diabetes. Can this keep him from trying? The guy is in great physical shape. I didnt know what to tell him.
  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I believe you can get a "Federal exemption" that would allow him to drive. We have a driver who was d/q'd from driving, but is now coming back. I was just talking to him 2 nights ago, but he's not someone I regularly see.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea how to get one!
  3. some1else

    some1else Active Member

    we have 1 that has diabetes but can not drive anything bigger than a 300/sprinter...

    im not sure if you can get into driving with it already; but if you develop it after you start probably would get the same deal
  4. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Depends on the situation, if with Drugs you can pass your DOT Physical they
    cannot restrict you. We just had a guy fail his DOT with Diabetes, he was
    out for a couple weeks while they got his medication squared away..
    and now he's back working.
  5. paperboy

    paperboy New Member

    I myself am a diabetic on insulin for three years,lost DOT card because of insulin, got booted inside for a year. Yes, there is an exemption program which I am really knoweledgable. 1st comment on a post Greetings to all my brownies.
  6. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    well Share, is he a washout if he uses insulin or not if he controls it with drugs?
    Thank god I do not have to be knowledgeable about this and I pray I never will
  7. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    If you have to take insulin shots you are out of driving commercially. My guess is because of the higher risk of Diabetic black outs or comas.
  8. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    We have diabetics who are legal for our smaller vehicles, but cannot be RTD's (Feeder Drivers). The regs are different for larger vehicles.
  9. ups1990

    ups1990 Well-Known Member

    Great thread, this matter never crossed my mine. I've been very fortunate .
  10. blue efficacy

    blue efficacy Active Member

    I am in this situation myself. Great physical shape, good control, but barred from ever driving.

    Some type 1 diabetics just have poor control and ruin it for the rest of us.

    I have certainly never lost consciousness because of it, on or off the road.
  11. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  12. I have a 5 year old that was diagnosed with Type 1 at 17 months. I honestly don't want him to have to do this kind of work, but it's a bit disheartening that it might not even be a possibility. I hate the thought that he would be limited in any way. I'd be interested to know more about the exemption process...
  13. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    When I was an air driver we had one guy who had diabetes. He controlled it via diet and pills if I am not mistaken which allowed him to drive. Should he ever need insulin shots is when he will no longer be qualified to drive, but as already stated an exemption can be obtained although I know nothing about how that is done.
  14. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I don't know really what to say here, but in Canada you can drive with type 1 diabetes, on insulin. Even big rig, with 1 condition, only Canada wide - you won't be able to drive into the US.

    Diabetes is not what it used to be.
    Easy pocket size monitors, and even continuos monitors.

    If someone can work on insulin with dangerous equiptment/machines inside a company, why wouldn't they be able to drive commercially ?
    Maybe it's an outdated law in the US ? Not sure.
    There are more dangerous drivers out there, driving with pain killers, imo.
  15. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I have Type 2 Diabetes and am controlling my numbers with diet and meds.....thank goodness. So far so good.:happy2:
  16. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    There is a person in my center who had his own route and got DQ'd from driving and has been trying to get a exemption for over a year. The problem is that they are worried that you could loose consciousness while driving and kill yourself or someone else.
  17. onestoptogo

    onestoptogo Member