Affordable Trucking School In Bay Area

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Jojo L.'s Comment
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Hi! I am new here. I would like to start a career in trucking so I am looking for an affordable trucking school here in Bay area especially near Daly City. There was this Central Truck Driving school in Hayward but unfortunately, it is already closed. I tried the links provided from the DMV and most of the numbers I called are already not in service.

I would appreciate much if anyone could refer a truck driving schools that could help me obtain the CDLA.

Thanks and more power to this site. :-)

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.

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.

Dan R.'s Comment
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Being from California, you're pretty well set if you get out of the mindset of going to a local school. There's several schools in Salt Lake City, a few in Phoenix, and some in the greater LA/San Bern area from all the mega carriers. Just about all of them offer school at no upfront cost, with you either being paid back or having the debt forgiven after 8 months to a year.

Unless you're dead set on getting one in the bay area, I'd start putting in apps at Swift, CR England, Knight Transportation, etc. There's also a form that will send in an application to numerous companies at once though this site by clicking "Companies + Job Listings" in the top banner.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Nothing is affordable in the Bay Area.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hello Jojo and welcome to our forum. Here is our stater pack. These links will help you get the best start in trucking.

These may also help you.

Company-Sponsored Training Programs are programs where you can get trained for little or no upfront or out of pocket money.

We are here to help. Good luck to you.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jojo L.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for your replies. Appreciate it. I will definitely look on the links provided. This site is really helpful. :-)

Eddie A.'s Comment
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Try Academy of Truck Driving. Located at the old Oakland Army Base next door to the Port of Oakland. I will be starting school there in September. good luck!

http://acdltruckdriver.com

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.
millionmiler24's Comment
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Nothing is affordable in the Bay Area.

I so agree with this. This is the God honest truth. Same with Florida.

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