Roehl Requires CDL Applicant To Have A U.S. License For 2 Years

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David's Comment
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Hi All,

Still a newbie around here and have been doing more reading than posting.

I am a new Green Card Holder and about to migrate permanently to the U.S. with the hope of getting into the Trucking Industry. I've been driving (light) shift vehicles for the last 13 years. I have received certified training in driving/operating tractor trucks (33,600+lbs) from my home country but I never got the "on road experience". This was due to my occupation being an Electrical/Electronic Technician and not a Truck Driver.

I read many threads stating that trucking companies only required the CDL applicant to have a U.S. driver's license for 1 year before they can apply. However, when I emailed Roehl with some questions, one of their answers reflects the subject. I thought with the 1 year wait, I could rally around and just to some other type of work while I wait to apply to Roehl, but 2 years... that's a bit long.

Am I being given wrong information? Or has the policies changed?

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Every company has their own rules. I don't know what the federal regs are.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's true that every company has its own policies. You'll want to call around and find out a little more.

Normally, CR England and Carolina Cargo are two of the easier companies to get an opportunity with. Try them and see what they require. But don't stop there. Call around and see what other companies are saying.

David's Comment
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Thank you for your responses...

I was thinking that maybe Roehl Drivers here can verify if this (the subject) is correct.

Just to confirm though... the U.S. regulations is that a person must have an (ordinary) driver's license for one year and only then they can apply for the CDL learners permit...

My main career interest is towards OTR Truck Driving, so I wanted to have a general idea as to how long I'll have to "do something else" while waiting to fall in.

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.

David's Comment
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Just to confirm though... the U.S. regulations is that a person must have an (ordinary) driver's license for one year and only then they can apply for the CDL learners permit...

Sorry about the way I typed the above... I was really asking if this is the U.S. regulations.. thx

I'm not sure if the Forum allows to edit an already uploaded comment

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Just to confirm though... the U.S. regulations is that a person must have an (ordinary) driver's license for one year and only then they can apply for the CDL learners permit...

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Sorry about the way I typed the above... I was really asking if this is the U.S. regulations.. thx

I'm not sure if the Forum allows to edit an already uploaded comment

David the Federal (US) regulations (established by the FMCSA) are minimum compliance guidelines. Emphasis on minimum. Most of the trucking companies have far stricter compliance rules when it comes to safety and qualification policies. If Roehl requires a minimum of 2 years of US drivers license history, there is no Federal Agency with the power to nullify their policy.

You have lots of options...Trucking Company Reviews

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Old School's Comment
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David, the individual states are the ones who set that one year limit. There are a few states who have a less strict standard. I think Florida is one of those. You will need to confirm that with the state that you make your residency in.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Hey thanks guys for all the responses. I was actually under the assumption that the companies would be using the state regulations for the US driver's license time frame before CDL..

When the person told me 2 years for Roehl I thought the government regulations had changed and that was why they said that. I didn't realise that each company sets their own rules for this. Thanks for clearing that up.

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.
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