Insulin Dependant Diabetic

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mdarda01, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. mdarda01

    mdarda01 New Member

    I am a insulin dependent diabetic and have been for about 20 years. Finally got my thirty days in at UPS and was wandering, can a type 1 Diabetic drive for UPS? No one really can give me a clear answer. Thanks!
  2. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    All up to the DOT examiner. I believe it's on a case by case basis
  3. Gumby

    Gumby *

    We have one driver that has it. But they are giving him a hard time about his DOT. He said it's not under control . Not sure what type he has.
  4. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I was told (by an on car sup) that if a diabetic is having to give themselves injections then they can't drive. If they are only taking pills, or have it under control enough to not even need to do that, then they can drive.
  5. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I thought a type 1 couldn't get their DOT card. A type 2 can but has a hassle about it.
  6. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    You have to go through the FMSCA and get a waiver, if they give you the waiver, you can drive. Have a guy with the waiver driving today who is type 1.
  7. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    I was under the same impression. That was the case until 2005. It was changed then to require a waiver approved by a Dr. It can be done now, as upschuck mentioned.
  8. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    No bagels on Friday?
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It used to be that they were also limited to the size of the pkg car that they could drive.
  10. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    We have a driver here who has gone through all that and he drives without any problems.
  11. Gear

    Gear Parts on Order

    Is the DOT card for a CDL and the card you guys have the same thing? I know type 1 diabetics cant get a CDL med certification. In my state you just need a normal C driver license to drive PC. I still dont understand why PC drivers need a med card. If I dont renew my med card, DOT will take my CDL and mail me a new C license.
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    DOT card for package car drivers is different. Its less strict.
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  13. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    To the best of my understanding a diabetic can only obtain an DOT medical card if they can control their diabetes with diet or pill. Injecting insulin is an automatic denial. We have a driver right now who can't drive because his diabetes worsened on him to the point that he required insulin injections, and he is trying to change his lifestyle enough that he can give those up and come back to driving. Not sure how successful that will be for him.
  14. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    I'm not so sure about that. When I was an air driver and driving package cars the medical card I got then is the same I have now with my Class A CDL. The physical itself was identical as well. There was an air driver who I worked with who was a diabetic and controlled it with medication who did confirm that if he ever had to go to insulin injections he couldn't drive. Unless there is some sort of medical waiver possibility I don't think the original poster can be medically qualified to drive.
  15. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    There is a waiver from the FMSCA
  16. Nike

    Nike Active Member

    I would keep that info under your cap as they say especially if you have it under control. If you forsee it being an issue(ups driving is physically intensive and could wildly mess with your sugars if your not careful)you might want to pass on the job.
  17. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    @Gear: Package car drivers (class C, non-CDL) don't get drug tested. CDL holders are drug tested. That's the only difference I'm aware of. They need the medical card because of the weight of the vehicle. Without the medical card (in my state, at least), they would be restricted to driving vehicles with a GVW less than 10,001 lbs.
  18. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    DOT is the one to worry about, not UPS. You won't be able to get it past the DOT Doctor.
  19. mdarda01

    mdarda01 New Member

    Talked to my territory manager today ( or whatever he is called LOL ) He is a diabetic as well and let me know that I could drive as long as the diabetes is under control and the a1c levels are where they need to be.
  20. onestoptogo

    onestoptogo Member

    Do yourself a big favor and start the waiver process early. It takes about 6 months to get a waiver so if you start now you can have one in place so others will not pass over you because you are ineligible. Once you have the waiver you have to visit the endocrinologist every 3 months and submit quarterly reports. You also are required to have a annual opthomoligist exam and and submit another report. It really is not hard to get and keep your waiver as long as you stay on top it.