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YRC Freight Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training At YRC Freight Driving Academy

YRC Freight Company Overview

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YRC Freight was created when Yellow Transportation (Founded in 1924) combined with Roadway Express (founded in 1930). Their subsidiaries include Holland, Reimer, and New Penn. They are mostly a terminal-to-terminal LTL carrier with numerous safety and achievement awards. They own over 8,400 tractors, and run mostly doubles trailers, and also own over 12,000 48' and 53' vans.

YRC drivers are union, and are paid very well and according to contract. YRC also provides free health-care benefits, including family.

YRC Freight Terminal Locations

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YRC operates company terminals and drop yards in many places in all 48 states.

YRC Freight CDL School Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Must pass DOT drug test, DOT physical, and criminal background check.
  • Must have a current motor vehicle report (MVR) that represents a history of safe operation.
  • Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English.
  • Must be able to follow posted safety rules and safe operating procedures.
  • Must be able to work various shifts and days of the week.
  • Must live near Chicago Metro area, within commuting distance.
  • Must be able to acquire Hazmat/tanker and doubles/triples endorsement.

Where Does YRC Freight Hire From?

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YRC hires nationwide, but in order to qualify for their CDL school in Hammond, IN, applicants must live within the Chicago, IL Metro area. After on-the-road training, new drivers will start as a linehaul driver from YRC's Chicago Heights, IL. terminal.

YRC Freight CDL School Locations

YRC Freight's Driver Training Academy is located in Hammond, IN, and produces drivers for YRC's Chicago Heights, IL terminal.

YRC also has a program for current employees to get their CDL while employed on the dock earning a wage.

See: YRC's driver development programs.

What Are The Advantages Of Working For YRC Freight?

  • Terminal-to-terminal routes.
  • Drivers out 5 days or less.
  • No touch freight.
  • Paid for all down time.
  • No customer dock contact.
  • Free health insurance.
  • High starting pay.
  • Safety-oriented company

TruckingTruth's Insights Into YRC Freight's Program So Far

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YRC Freight operates a unique CDL training program in that graduates will be assigned to one specific terminal, in Chicago, IL. For that reason, keep in mind, students will need to be able to commute back-and-forth to school.

Additionally, YRC does operates a "get your CDL" program for dock employees, as well, who work in other YRC locations. Their overall benefits like pay and home time are above average and should be considered.

Preparation For Attending YRC Freight CDL Training Academy

Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

Yes. Drivers will also need their medical card, and TSA letter of approval.

Do I need a US Passport?

No, but while a passport is not required, we always encourage drivers to get one for future opportunities.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

Hazmat/tanker (X) and doubles/triples (T) endorsements are required.

Items To Bring To The CDL Training Academy

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Because students will be commuting back and forth to school, they will not need to bring things like clothes and toiletries, etc. You'll still want to bring items such as gloves, sunglasses, notebook, identification, etc. YRC recruiters will advise on what is expected.

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