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At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at YRC Freight and put together a fantastic review of the YRC Freight paid CDL training program.
We'll start you off with our opinion of their paid CDL training program and then we'll take you through all of the key features and important information you'll need to know. Some of what we'll cover:
YRC Freight reflects the Yellow Transportation (founded in 1924 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) purchase of and subsequent merger with Roadway (founded in 1930 in Akron, Ohio). They also own Holland Freight and New Penn Freight. They have multiple terminals in each of the 48 contiguous states.
Keep in mind, first of all, that YRC's company-sponsored training requires that students live within commuting distance of their training centers (locations shown below). That said, it can be an excellent opportunity for the right candidates. Students will have to provide their own meals, as well as have their doubles/triples and tanker endorsements and TSA letter of approval for Hazmat.
The training academy is 4 weeks, as is the on-the-road training portion (160 hours). New drivers will start on linehaul routes. YRC runs mostly terminal-to-terminal LTL freight, so drivers will normally be home 2.5 days out of every 7.
YRC's starting pay is much higher than average, and is union-contract pay. Also it should be noted that they run a CDL program for dock-workers in their terminals, as well. The training itself seems pretty standard for large companies like YRC, but the benefits of employment look exceptional.
YRC Freight was created when Yellow Transportation (Founded in 1924) combined with Roadway Express (founded in 1930). Their subsidiaries include Holland, Reimer, and New Penn. They are mostly a terminal-to-terminal LTL carrier with numerous safety and achievement awards. They own over 8,400 tractors, and run mostly doubles trailers, and also own over 12,000 48' and 53' vans.
YRC drivers are union, and are paid very well and according to contract. YRC also provides free health-care benefits, including family.
YRC hires nationwide, but in order to qualify for their CDL school you must live within driving distance of one of their school locations.
YRC hires nationwide, but in order to qualify for their CDL school in Hammond, IN, applicants must live within driving distance of their training facilities.
YRC operates company terminals in multiple cities of each state throughout the country.
There is no cost for the school.
The student needs to pay for their CDL permit, TSA check, DOT physical, and Hazmat and tanker endorsements.
No, students must provide for their own meals.
No, students will be commuting to school, so they will need to live near one of the schools
No, there is no option to pay up front.
Drivers agree to work for YRC for 1 year. If the driver leaves YRC before the year is up, he or she will be responsible for the entire CDL school tuition.
As YRC does not have any payment options besides the 1 year obligation, the only costs are the permit, TSA and endorsement fees. Leaving before the 1 year mark will leave the student on the hook for the entire CDL Training Academy tuition.
This is keeping in mind that no meals or lodging are provide, and the driver must provide their own transportation back and forth to school daily.
Because students will be commuting back and forth to school, they will not need to bring things like clothes and toiletries, etc. You'll still want to bring items such as gloves, sunglasses, notebook, identification, etc. YRC recruiters will advise on what is expected.
Yes. Drivers will also need their medical card, and TSA letter of approval.
No, but while a passport is not required, we always encourage drivers to get one for future opportunities.
Hazmat/tanker (X) and doubles/triples (T) endorsements are required.
YRC is also kind of unique in that they require students to have their tanker endorsement specifically, as well as the TSA approval letter that will allow them to get the Hazmat endorsement.
Students also won't need to be too worried about an "items to take" list, as they will be responsible for having a place to stay and for their meals.
4 weeks, 160 hours.
50% of all behind-the-wheel time.
1 student per truck.
About 35 hours is spent in the classroom.
The Training Academy itself is average length, at 4 weeks. About a week is spent in the classroom, the rest will be on the practice range or road practice.
According to YRC, 50% of practice time will be spent practicing backing. YRC graduates will be running almost all doubles, so you'll need all the practice you can get.
On-the-road training is 4 weeks, 160 hours.
Drivers will be paid the current hourly rate.
Trainer/trainee runs as a solo truck.
Not applicable, trainer trucks do not have a top bunk.
The terminal manager will resolve issues and disputes.
Yes, non-smoking trainers may be requested.
5 years with company, safety record clean.
Not only is the on-the-road training run as a solo operation, but is run like an hourly day position, at 4 weeks/160 hours. With typical YRC drivers being out 5 days and home 2.5, it should prepare you for the job you'll be doing.
YRC trainers are also required to have quite a bit of time with the company compared to other programs, with a demonstrated safe driving record.
YRC Freight operates a unique CDL training program in that graduates will be assigned to the terminal closest to the school they attended. For that reason, keep in mind, students will need to be able to commute back-and-forth to school.
Additionally, YRC does operates a "get your CDL" program for dock employees, as well, who work in other YRC locations. Their overall benefits like pay and home time are above average and should be considered.
Union pay rates. 1st year drivers are paid per mile, $65,000 to $70,000 first year. City drivers typically make upwards of $20/hr.
5% yearly up to 3 years.
No, YRC Freight does not offer a fuel bonus.
YRC Freight offers the usual medical, dental, vision plans, including family, but at no cost to the driver.
Drivers are eligible for benefits in 90 days.
There is no cost for benefits, including family.
2 weeks annually.
YRC Freight offers not only exceptional pay for first-year drivers, but also is unique in that they also provide health insurance programs for both the driver and their family at no charge.
Pets are not allowed.
Riders are not allowed.
YRC only runs terminal to terminal regional or team to the west, so most drivers will have regional jobs.
YRC Freight drivers are force dispatched, there are no options for loads.
Normally, YRC drivers will be out for 5 days or so, and off for 2 1/2 days weekly. Paid hotels, except for team/sleeper drivers. Pickup % delivery drivers are home nightly.
100% of the freight is drop and hook.
No, YRC does not have a leasing program.
Exclusively LTL freight dry van doubles.
YRC freight offers great home time opportunities, with a no pets/no riders policy, but also no NYC.
Mostly Volvo day-cabs. Some Peterbilt and Kenworth.
Trucks are restricted to 65 mph.
Because of the nature of the freight that YRC hauls, most of their tractors are day cabs, and most loads will be dry van doubles.
They don't yet use electronic logs, but drivers generally won't be in any danger of running out of hours with regular set routes.