CDL Class B

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Steven E.'s Comment
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I've just obtained my Class B CDL License. I would like to know what opportunities there are for part-time work as a Class B driver. I'm not looking to be a driver full-time - I already have a regular occupation (musician). But, getting a CDL License is something I have been wanting to do for some time for personal reasons. Now that I have it, I would like to make use of it in some way. (I have both air brake and manual transmission endorsements.)

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I've just obtained my Class B CDL License. I would like to know what opportunities there are for part-time work as a Class B driver. I'm not looking to be a driver full-time - I already have a regular occupation (musician). But, getting a CDL License is something I have been wanting to do for some time for personal reasons. Now that I have it, I would like to make use of it in some way. (I have both air brake and manual transmission endorsements.)

I'm not looking to be a driver full-time - I already have a regular occupation (musician).

LOL...

Don't think there's any such thing as a manual transmission "endorsement" per se' - just the lack of auto transmission RESTRICTION.

What were the "personal reasons" behind wanting a CDL (if I may be so bold)?

Class B work is going to be (typically) "route work" - like driving a Frito Lay truck, Pepsi truck, etc - delivering to local retailers and setting up product displays.

I was talking to the Pepsi guy when I was in the Stupid Market yesterday. Him and his helper were setting up some case/display that was like 20' high, 300 cases of soda.

Thanks - but NO THANKS...

Rick

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.
K.R.'s Comment
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The other opportunity you have with class b is passenger transportation. That can be part time depending upon your location. I don't know whereabouts you are or what your tolerance of people is but I may be able to offer some suggestions.

Steven E.'s Comment
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Don't think there's any such thing as a manual transmission "endorsement" per se' - just the lack of auto transmission RESTRICTION.

That may well be - I am uncertain about the terminology. When I took my skills and road test, I had to tell the person behind the counter at the test facility, "manual."

Class B work is going to be (typically) "route work" - like driving a Frito Lay truck, Pepsi truck, etc - delivering to local retailers and setting up product displays.

That's fine with me, since that is the type of driving I have been doing, and essentially what I am looking for.

Steven E.'s Comment
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I am in the Chicago area.

Remy E.'s Comment
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I'm also a class B driver. I'm not sure about part time stuff but I work in the recycling business. We run packers, straight trucks, Both box and shredders. You might try to get on as a back up driver.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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An idea is maybe local trash pickup companies. They may have spots for backup/extra drivers.

G-Town's Comment
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Remy as Rick indicated, there is only a restriction for auto-shift transmission, not an endorsement for manual. Endorsements are add-ons like tanker and doubles/triples.

You might want to try this link for help finding a job:

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

There is no way for us to know about opportunities in your area. Use the Internet to research local companies hiring PT drivers with no experience.

I know Ryder and Penske hire part time shuttle drivers. Usually they want Class A. Might be a lead though.

Keep in mind that without any commercial driving experience, you won't have the luxury of being selective.

Good luck.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Stewart A.'s Comment
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The possibilities are certainly varied as to what types of class B driving there is out there. Finding part time will be the tougher part. Some of the best part time might require you to get hazmat and tanker endorsements as well, like fuel and propane delivery. There are dump trucks to be driven as well, even in Chicago. Fish markets, landscapers, furniture stores and moving and storage. The list goes on and on.

Maybe taking notes of each company you see represented by Class B trucks when you are out on the streets is a good place to start. That way too, you can get a sense of whether they take care of their equipment or not and maybe give you an idea of who to stay away from and who you might like to work for, assuming they have some part time needs.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Remy E.'s Comment
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Remy as Rick indicated, there is only a restriction for auto-shift transmission, not an endorsement for manual. Endorsements are add-ons like tanker and doubles/triples.

You might want to try this link for help finding a job:

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

There is no way for us to know about opportunities in your area. Use the Internet to research local companies hiring PT drivers with no experience.

I know Ryder and Penske hire part time shuttle drivers. Usually they want Class A. Might be a lead though.

Keep in mind that without any commercial driving experience, you won't have the luxury of being selective.

Good luck.

Either I missed something there or you meant that for someone else lol.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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