Ex-Driver With No Verifiable In The Last 10 Years

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JEFFREY L.'s Comment
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I was just let go by the railroad after 11 years of service. I am looking to get back into the trucking industry but have not drove since 2006. What are my options? I know I will not pay full tuition to a school since I have kept my CDL current my whole life.

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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Most companies will require you to do some refresher training. You can send out a mass application to one or many companies here.Apply For Truck Driving JobsThese may interest you as well.

Good luck.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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In my class at CDL school, there were 2 students who were in your same predicament. They were attending to get their 160 hour training certificate so they could get a job.

Most companies cannot hire you without that training certificate because they can't get you insured. You could probably fast track through a company sponsored school and do everything but the actual CDL exam to obtain your training certificate or they might possibly only require a refresher course.

Things have probably changed a little bit since you last drove.. rules, etc. But I'm sure it'll be just like riding a bike for you.

I'd start applying and speaking with recruiters about what the companies will require from you.

Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Truck Driving Jobs

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.

Matt H.'s Comment
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A gentleman in my class at Roehl was in the same situation. Driving since 1982 but nothing in the last 5 years. He did the "get your CDL program" at Roehl. Though he didn't actually have to test out with the state. After that he did the full 19 days OTR with a trainer. That trainer lucked out. 👍

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.

Roanpony's Comment
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Conventional wisdom is you'll have to go through a training program with one of the mega carriers. I was able to re-obtain my CDL after about 25 years away from driving, and then get a job with a smaller company (about 100 trucks and 30 owner/operators). With a CDL and stable work history, chances are good you could get a job with a large carrier if you don't mind the training. If, like me, you can't feature yourself spending 5 weeks in a truck with someone you don't know, go talk to the companies in your area. Not all, necessarily. require your experience to be recent. If you are able to pass a road test you might be able to get back on the road without a big company training program or large outlay of cash.

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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