Does This Qualify As Experience?

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Joe L.'s Comment
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I left prime last year to take a job at my local county. The position requires a CDL.

I have missed being OTR since I got off the road. If I decide to go back long distance driving, can I use my current position as recent driving experience on the application? Some accounts require 3 months-year verifiable rep and I'd like to use my current job on the app.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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What were you driving for the county? It does count as work history. Each company will have it's own standards.

Joe L.'s Comment
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What were you driving for the county? It does count as work history. Each company will have it's own standards.

My department is a construction unit. We have tandem dumps, mason dumps, sewer jets, and one tractor trailers/lowboy. It all depends on what we need for the designated job. I'm hoping this will fall under recent driving experience so I can get on a JB Hunt dedicated or local run. I miss the money and they are advertising their runs grossing at 40-60k.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Joe L.'s Comment
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Sorry for the double reply, but someone had told me that I should be okay because I fall under the fmcsa ? I'm not familiar with these regulations.. is anyone else?

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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More than likely your current job will not count as driving experience. Most OTR companies only count OTR Class A work as driving experience. If you're driving a Class A tractor trailer and you're regularly leaving your home state then they'll count that as experience. Sometimes they don't even count Class A tractor trailer local work as driving experience.

Every company does it differently. Some care very much about the job being OTR, some won't.

Now your time at Prime will count as driving experience of course. So you might have to put in a little time at Prime to qualify for those other gigs but that shouldn't take long.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joe L.'s Comment
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Well if I went back OTR , do you think I would need a trainer or I could go back solo

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.

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