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Pigpen's Comment
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I was grateful enough to bypass all the hustle and bustle of a driving school. I had a opportunity handed to me. So I took it I did all the studying on my own. If I pass my written exam today. I get hired on by a local company where I am home every night. Plus they paid for all my test and physical. I didn't think that was bad for a rookie! Do you veteran drivers think I made the right decision?

Errol V.'s Comment
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If you have already arranged all this stuff, including getting hired, good for you! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Passing the written test, though, is only the first step to your trucking career. That's when you can get behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler for the first time. So, your local company is giving you full training and road experience? That's great! You didn't mention any contract, though, because the actual training usually goes for around $3-5,000 and no company will give that away.

In other words, to me that all sounds too good to be true.

G-Town's Comment
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I am with Errol on this, "how are they going to train you?" No offense intended, with only a CDL , no formal schooling or training, you are not ready for solo operation. Very risky.

Please, tell us more...

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Robert H.'s Comment
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hey man just wanted to say i live in Philadelphia MS and saw your from Olive Branch that is cool have a Miss. person on here.. Also i am trying to get started in trucking as well i have my Application (and have been approved) with Maverick Transportation just waiting to get some paperwork filled out by Dr's for some meds i take. Then gonna do the Maverick CDL Sponsorship program they have where i go to CDL training in Newport Arkansas thru Arkansas State Univ. newport campus hopefully maybe start in Feb and if not in March.

If you have already arranged all this stuff, including getting hired, good for you! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Passing the written test, though, is only the first step to your trucking career. That's when you can get behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler for the first time. So, your local company is giving you full training and road experience? That's great! You didn't mention any contract, though, because the actual training usually goes for around $3-5,000 and no company will give that away.

In other words, to me that all sounds too good to be true.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
BQ 's Comment
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So Pigpen, this company is going to hire you with just a permit? (You can't get license with just written test, thus I assume you would only have permit) They also are not concerned with any kind of experience? That seems very odd, they must have a very lenient insurance company.

Jodi 's Comment
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I'm with everyone else. This sounds very odd. How are you going to pass driving test for actual cdl. Are they teaching you to drive and back up and how to do the pretrip the proper way to pass test.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Lunchbox's Comment
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Just a question, but won't a military waiver cover the skills test if he has that experience?

Rick S.'s Comment
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Anyone recently start at Stevens trucking? I head to cdl training at end of march. Had a couple questions anyone recent could probably answer well

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Joshua J.'s Comment
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Just a question, but won't a military waiver cover the skills test if he has that experience?

I think the veterans comment meant trucking vets (since he mentioned rookie right before it) but to answer your question:

The military skills test waiver form may be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
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