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Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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No Driving school, but successfully tested & obtained Florida CDL Class A License - What are my options for jobs/companies?

Greetings to everyone who posted on this thread.

After much research, I decided to go to CDL school. It took about 10 calendar weeks, 4 days per week, just over $4,000 in tuition and expenses.

I now have my certificate for 300 hours of CDL Schooling, including more than 1,000 miles on my log book.

Scheduled to start at a mega (that does not have driver facing cameras), in about two weeks.

Thanks again for all the advice.

God Bless!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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In Cab cameras on the driver

So, Lucky, for you first post on this forum you drag up an old topic that has been hashed over "100 times". And you must have read that though the camera is recording 24/7, nothing is sent to the office unless there's some event. So the unblinking eye is not sending your every sneeze and every butt scratch in to Safety.

The mic you see might be the one for the BT phone/radio connection. And if there really is a problem, Safety wants to know if you're paying attention in the first place. Dozing off while driving is incredibly dangerous. Looking on the floor for your dropped sunglasses is a no no.

Getting down to Highway to Hell just might get you there, if you're on the interstate. Or if you're arguing with your co-driver instead of focusing on the road ahead you need to stop that now.

Lucky, I got called in for exactly the same thing as you. My DM nodded her head and said "But you had your cellphone in your hand while driving, right?" and I had to take the hit.

Go in, sign the paper, then get a windshield mount for your cellphone. Stick it right under the camera. They'll never know.

For those who may be interested in why some of the most recent research data indicate that "In Cab cameras on the driver" IS MORE DETRIMENTAL than beneficial, for the driver & the trucking company, you may want to read the MAR 2016 article "The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?" at www.FleetOwner.com.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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No Driving school, but successfully tested & obtained Florida CDL Class A License - What are my options for jobs/companies?

Hello Everyone!

I thank everyone for your replies! I will take all of them into consideration!

Also, if anyone has any more suggestions, I welcome them.

God Bless! Thanks again!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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No Driving school, but successfully tested & obtained Florida CDL Class A License - What are my options for jobs/companies?

Hope everyone reading this is doing well.

This is my first post, and I would appreciate your advice.

A few months ago, I obtained my 2 year DOT Medical Certificate, then my CDL Learner's permit.

I then learned to drive a Freightliner 10 speed with 53 foot reefer, via a relative. (Unofficial driving)

I then took and past my CDL Class A drivers test, and obtained my Florida CDL Class A license.

Today, I checked the U S XPRESS Website at http://www.usxjobs.com/us-xpress-jobs/.

When I searched for jobs, it states, "New truck driver job - no experience necessary & Great benefits!, Driver type: Student"

When I clicked on the job offer, a new window opened and near the bottom of the window it states,

"Qualifications: CDL A & 21 years or older" [this now appears to be incorrect]

I am 60 years old, and I have my Florida CDL A, therefore it seems I would meet the stated qualifications.

Therefore, I called the US XPRESS number provided, (866-576-2979).

I spoke with, what sounded like a gentleman (name withheld).

I informed him I recently acquired my CDL Class A license and a 2 year DOT Medical Certificate, I have a clean MVR and background.

He asked if I had attended an Accredited truck driving school. I informed him I had not, however I had learned from a relative and obtained my CDL Class A license.

He then informed me that US XPRESS only hires those who have attended an accredited truck driving school.

When I asked him where on the US XPRESS website that information was provided, he said it was not on the website, but that is what is required. He did not seem interested in explaining any further, or offering any other options.

Therefore, I requested to speak with his supervisor. He transferred me to a recording, and I left a message for (name withheld) and requested a callback regarding possible employment with US XPRESS.

I would appreciate any applicable/helpful advice regarding obtaining employment based upon the above provided information.

For those who care, I am also an Honorably Discharged Disabled U.S. Military Veteran. However, my disabilities are not likely to interfere with my ability to control and operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.

Thanks, in advance, for your responses!

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