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Kyle A.'s Comment
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Hi my name is kyle and im 24 years old. I recently applied at ATS heavy equipment training for my class A CDL and i was wondering is it hard to get your cdl permit? And i was also wondering what all happens at a DOT physical and are the drug test supervised? Any answers will help thank you and i hope i can enjoy the road soon

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Tractor Man's Comment
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CDL Permit? Easy if you utilize the High Road Training on this site.

DOT Physical? Standard physical exam. Eyes, Ears, Pee, General physical condition. If you are generally healthy, walk in the park.

As for your last question........ Don't bring your neighbors pee. If you have not been clean for at least six months, put off school. One failed pre employment drug test will pretty much ruin your chances of EVER driving a CMV.

I hope that helps!

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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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Penny's Comment
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Ditto on what Tractor Man said.

I recently got my permit and the High Road Training here was awesome and helped tremendously. I studied in class as well and listened, but I already knew most of what I needed to know from the training here.

I was not watched during my drug test, but it didn't really matter to me so much whether they did or not. It would not have been my all time favorite thing, but I want this enough to do what I have to do. Even if it makes me uncomfortable.

I know some people ask because they are nervous about someone watching and some people ask because they are doing something wrong. If you have drugs in your system or if you plan to continue using any, just don't. I was recently picked for a random while in school. We were told that we are considered "employees" and subject to DOT regulations while in school. So drug tests can happen and daily logs are a must. So just don't do anything that may end up causing you to jeopardize your career.

The physical was pretty basic. If you're generally healthy, shouldn't be a big deal.

Good luck to you!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kyle A.'s Comment
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Thank you and i ask cause of stage frieght. It has always been a problem with me so i wanted to try preparing myself for everything i have to do so i can get my permit and go to school its my dream

Ditto on what Tractor Man said.

I recently got my permit and the High Road Training here was awesome and helped tremendously. I studied in class as well and listened, but I already knew most of what I needed to know from the training here.

I was not watched during my drug test, but it didn't really matter to me so much whether they did or not. It would not have been my all time favorite thing, but I want this enough to do what I have to do. Even if it makes me uncomfortable.

I know some people ask because they are nervous about someone watching and some people ask because they are doing something wrong. If you have drugs in your system or if you plan to continue using any, just don't. I was recently picked for a random while in school. We were told that we are considered "employees" and subject to DOT regulations while in school. So drug tests can happen and daily logs are a must. So just don't do anything that may end up causing you to jeopardize your career.

The physical was pretty basic. If you're generally healthy, shouldn't be a big deal.

Good luck to you!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kyle A.'s Comment
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Should i do everything on yhe high road material or is it better to learn the stuff just for te permit

CDL Permit? Easy if you utilize the High Road Training on this site.

DOT Physical? Standard physical exam. Eyes, Ears, Pee, General physical condition. If you are generally healthy, walk in the park.

As for your last question........ Don't bring your neighbors pee. If you have not been clean for at least six months, put off school. One failed pre employment drug test will pretty much ruin your chances of EVER driving a CMV.

I hope that helps!

good-luck.gif

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Penny's Comment
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I learned mostly stuff for the permit.

I let the school teach me Hours of Service and some other things, though I intend to go back through more here, but with school and work it's a lot harder now to do extra stuff.

I believe there is another thread that addresses this a few weeks ago regarding which sections. You will be required to take the General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combinations. My school requires us to have tanker as well. I went ahead and added D/T and HazMat because I was prepared and it was a little cheaper at my DMV (one application fee) to go ahead with it, but the endorsements are usually up to you.

A guy in my class said he has stage fright too, but he managed. I don't think most places watch, but I suppose it could happen. Drink a lot, but not too much (so it won't be diluted), but enough so you really have to go!

Good luck to you, hon.

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

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rick S.'s Comment
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And i was also wondering what all happens at a DOT physical and are the drug test supervised?

They generally don't stand there and watch.

Most of the time - it's in a restroom with BLUE TOILET WATER (so you don't scoop) and the faucets in the sink are shut off (so you don't dilute). They will put a thermometer on the bottle to make sure it came out of a body and not a baggie.

Forgive our suspiciousness, but most folks that ask about drug tests, have concerns about PASSING ONE.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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