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New dvr age 64 How to pass company requirements?

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Kat H.'s Comment
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I have finished CDL Training school at one of the best the most recognized facilities and have really high commendations from the instructors in skills, attitude, etc. I was promptly courted by some promising companies and eager to start driving. Now however it seems there is a a barrier that seems right now insurmountable. I have been turned down because I do not have the physical abilities of a 30 years old. I am in excellent shape for my age- 64. My health is very good.

Does anyone have suggestions or ideas on how to begin now that I can't seem to pass some mysterious requirement that no one seems to wish to explain?

How can I overcome this? are there companies that are willing to consider a safe strong driver OTR that does not have the strength of an ox?

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I've never heard of age discrimination in Trucking. That being said, what companies have you applied to or been sent home from orientation from? What type of freight are you wanting to haul? Are you having trouble with the DOT physical? Need more information please.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My company is 99% no touch freight for reefer meaning as a team we sometimes do floral loads and load.

The most I need to do is crank the handle and climb.into the trailer. Many drivers use step stools for that so its not so bad. I do climb onto my tire to wipe my windshield but not often and a truck wash is always a possibility.

The physical isn't too hard. You mist have passed one to get the CDL right?

Prime hires older people all the time.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Kat H.'s Comment
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I've never heard of age discrimination in Trucking. That being said, what companies have you applied to or been sent home from orientation from? What type of freight are you wanting to haul? Are you having trouble with the DOT physical? Need more information please.

I passed DOT no problem. I desire no touch drop and hook OTR eventually. I'm not trying to be unrealistic. But to step up on a 12 inch box without any contact is more than I can do. Schnieder is one of the companies that requires that

Other tests to meet abilities to climb in and out of the tractor and trailer are not a problem.

I found one co West Side transport who do not require super agility But they only orientation with standard transmission and I am rather short and opted for automatic - which they have. So again I feel short -changed so to speak

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I drive for West Side and love it. Do you have an automatic only restriction on your CDL?

I'm trying to figure out what the problem is regarding a manual transmission. It's common for people not to shift well when first starting out.

We absolutely do have autoshift trucks but we do generally do training with a 10 speed manual transmission and generally (but not always) after testing out of our training program, you are issued an auto-reply.

If you have any questions, just ask.

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.
Stacy M-Yellow Wolf's Comment
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Kat who did you train with if you do not mind me asking? I am worried about the physical too. I have a bad knee that makes squatting and stepping up on things with out touching difficult. But I am a farmer and I get done what I need to do every day. I hope that you get everything worked out and find a company who will appreciate you!

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