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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

FYI...Prime does not train on automatic transmissions:

Message - Does Prime offer CDL training on automatics? Message - Heather@Prime, Inc.: No, they are 10 speeds

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

CR England and Prime Thanks

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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How does Shippers Choice stay in business?

All I have ever heard is bad things about them. Even was shown how low their DMV passage rates are. Yet, despite all the horrible reviews they have locations all over the place in my state. I can get financial aid for training, go to Shippers Choice each day and be home each night since they are so very very close to where I live. But, I have read, heard, and was shown so many bad things, it may not be worth the chance. So, how do they stay in business?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

Roehl would be perfect as they pay you as an employee right from the start in CDL School, but they told me they do not train on automatics. Basically, any trucking solution would need to be like Roehl in that they pay you from the get go, but allow training on automatics. Still searching for that combo.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

If you're that close to being homeless, have you applied for assistance through the state, county, or maybe other charities that help veterans in their time of need? A problem you may also face is the amount of time you've been unemployed. Why didn't you to get a job doing something, even if you felt it was below you. I had a job making $18 an hour but when they closed up shop I went and picked up trash at an apartment community for $10 an hour. It sucked making less, but it motivated me to find something new. All that stuffs in the past though, does the VA have any programs to help?

I have applied for almost 500 jobs since last year. Jobs I had experience in, jobs at minimum wage, everything. I am either over qualified or underqualified. The worst employers I have applied are Universities and Colleges, they wont even to respond to me when I have the exact qualifications. If there was not a 3 month to 1 year backlog to reinstate security clearances, I would already be working. Unfortunately, the backlog is a leftover from 2008 when the government took over from the private firm that was doing the background investigations. Prior to that reinstatements were just a week or two. Yes, I have applied for state assistance, unfortunately we do not have any children which eliminates most of the available aid. Utilities aid is being processed and the bank wont work with me because they already did their once a year payment delay for me. At that time I was sure I would find a job....I was wrong. Now I have to wait another 2 months for that to be eligible to ask for it. Part of my frustration is I have done so much to fix my issues and the harder I try the harder I fail. The Veterans Administration is helping me, but there is a limit to what they can do. Mainly, they cover my medical care. Still trying to get my prescriptions filled. This has been the worst year of our lives.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

I don't know what to do guys, my wife and I have never have been on the verge of being homeless. Never been unemployed for so long. I selected trucking as a career because its a job that cannot be outsourced, like all my previous jobs in my 25 year career field, and because long ago my father and I considered it as a team job/business back in the 70's but never did it. I was about to be approved for financial assistance to pay for the school. Company Sponsored CDL training is not an option unless they have automatics to train on, and I would not even have food money at this point to live on, even if the company/school pays for lodging, never the less travel expenses. I applied for financial assistance to keep the utilities paid, and with such a precarious financial situation I do not even think after what happened with that CDS-CDL school I can even focus on training. I know recruiters lie or exagerate, but this lady was not a recruiter, nor were the people at their training location. It's negligence and incompetence at the worst level and as CDS-CDL lines their pockets with money, they expect people like me at the end of my rope to accept their "oops sorry".... They have no excuse after claiming the Woodford VA training location told her personally they have a truck with an auto, no excuse for assuring me this over and over again. Hopefully, no one will be screwed by CDS-CDL to the point I have.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

I am a down on his luck disabled Veteran and can only drive automatic transmissions in any vehicle including Tractor Trailers. Been out of work for 9 out of the past 12 months, living on credit cards and have used up the last of my savings to pay December and January's mortgage. I was interested in a local CDL school that I could drive to each day and CDS-CDL sent me a large red, white, and blue folder with tons of information on their school and several community colleges they are located at. I had several email, text, and phone conversations with a Mrs Greene CDL Administrative Support for CDS Tractor Trailer Training at the John Tyler Community College Workforce Alliance on 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Bird Hall/Office B120e, Chester, VA 23831 http://www.cdscdltraining.com/

I stressed at every opportunity that I am only medically cleared to drive automatic transmission in any vehicle including Tractor Trailers, and that the CDS-CDL school MUST have an automatic. Mrs Greene, spoke to the office at Woodford VA as well as her supervisor as well as who is supposed to be the Vice President of CDS-CDL a Mr Chris Dender. Both guaranteed me over and over again when I voiced the importance of their school having an automatic transmission equipped truck to train with and I was assured over and over again they did. As a result, I signed all the paperwork and gave them all the documents they needed from me and given a start date of December 18.

During this time period of two weeks, I on car fuel purchased with my ever declining available credit on my credit card to their Richmond office at John Tyler Community College, and then the week before I was scheduled to start, to their Richmond office of Workforce Innovation, who would be providing me with Financial assistance.

I know the cost of fuel and $11 parking sounds trivial bit it is not, especially when you are on the verge of being homeless.

Suddenly today; after 2 weeks of being assured that the school had automatic transmission equipped trucks to train on, the Friday before Monday when I was to start in 2 days, she left me a voicemail stating " Hi my apologies, turns out we don't have any automatic transmission trucks for you". I called her back and was rudely told she was with a student and could not talk to me. She finally called me back and just like her message, repeated " Hi my apologies, turns out we don't have any automatic transmission trucks for you".

As you can imagine I was not only devastated, but furious!

I asked her point blank, "Why did you tell me they had automatics for 2 weeks, even after I stressed the importance over and over and over? I asked her why she told me she spoke to the school in Woodford VA and they assured her they did as well. Only to NOW tell me 72 hours before start day, "oh sorry they do not"?

Her excuse was "Sorry, turns out they dont have one"... I asked her did you really speak to someone at Woodford who assured you of the availability of the truck? And if so, why did they tell you they did, and now two weeks later they dont. Her answer was "oh sorry they do not".

Needless to say I kept asking specifically why they/she told me one for 2 weeks even after stressing how this needed to be 1000% assured and her saying it was, is now the opposite. She had the VP of CDS-CDL call me and all he did was say "Sorry we made a mistake".

When I asked the VP for his office phone number and address he said his office is HIS CAR.

I won't go into the ugly details of how I felt at this point....I was just being "blown off". Obviously, Mrs Greene was either lied to by the Woodford VA office or she lied to me, or CDS-CDL is so incompetent or desperate for students that they would just lie to people.

I plan on complaining to John Tyler Community College, if I some how survive the weekend. I just want to die...nothing...nothing has worked out for the past year since I unexpectedly lost my job. I am so distraught, I do not know what to do...its all hopeless now. Its like a curse.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Nervous about Roadmaster

JCC? I will check them out. My GI Benefits are no longer available, but I am going to find out today what my state financial grants etc are available at the state office.

Hey George ! I actually almost went to road masters in Dunn. But the reason I didn’t was I couldn’t get a loan I guess since I’m young and don’t have enough credit on my credit score. Have you looked into JCC ? I’m going the company paid route. But I think JCC would be able to help you out

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Nervous about Roadmaster

Thanks Errol, the issue is it as to be training on an automatic because I am a disable veteran. The school keeps telling me I do not have to pay anything. So it looks like I am fine, as the recruiter called em to set things straight with my concerns.

You are contradicting yourself, George. You say you are broke, but don't want a loan for your school. No can do.

However, if you're are heading for Roadmaster or any other private school, you can sign that contract, then your new company will pay it off, and you promise (contract) to drive for them a year or so to pay them back.

Also there are company schools and the company trains you and then you drive that year for them. Almost the same.

You should have seen the resources we have to help you make a decision. Touch on the three-bar menu at the top left and go for it.

Also:

Paid CDL Training ProgramsTruck Driving School Listings

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Disabled Veteran: Need Advice

Thank You Reyn, is this the organization?

https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes

Totally understand your concern Old School. I’m not trying to steer him in any direction. Especially any school here in NYC. I don’t even know where George is from. There are many company paid training opportunities for him on here to sift through & find one that fits his current crisis. I too strongly advise him to follow that route.

Here’s what I was talking about. It’s called “hiring our heroes”. An initiative by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. I had the pleasure of driving the President of this organization here in NYC. I tried searching for resources on their sites but it’s way too confusing or lacking actual usable “resources” for George’s immediate crisis.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Nervous about Roadmaster

Has anyone taken the Roadmaster training in Dunn NC? I was very close to going to them. However, I am getting mixed signals between the recruiter and the school, and my internet research has me worried. I made it clear to the recruiter I have no money for tuition or lodging, and she said no problem you are 100% approved. But all the documentation (school catalog) clearly states I have to pay for lodging and get a loan for tuition. I do not want a loan. So confused..

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Does Roadmaster issue an out of state CDL?

Just curious, does Roadmaster test and issue you out of state CDL's or do you go back to your home state DMV? The recruiter told me they test and issue the CDL A right at their location in NC.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Disabled Veteran: Need Advice

Thank you Reyn

I was offered to be trained in an automatic truck at a school here in NYC with the condition that my license would have it as a restriction. I have a card in my car of someone that could help get you trained even with your financial issues. I’ll post his details tomorrow as my car is parked a few blocks away from my apt. Hopefully the sooner you act on this the sooner you can get on the road. There has to be a resource out there for veterans about to be homeless too. God bless & may He give you the strength & determination to see this through not just for you but for your family.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Is this TRUE about SWIFT?

That's exactly what I did. Thanks G-Town, that would have been a costly mistake on my part.

George I think you are mixing attending Swift Academy with Employment. Not the same. While attending school you are not an employee. Once you graduate the academy, pass the CDL test and receive an invitation to attend orientation; at the point you are an employee and considered a trainee moving to the 200 hours of mentoring (road training).

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Disabled Veteran: Need Advice

Hi, I am a disabled Veteran with no money and at risk of becoming homeless if I do not find work, and I need to make a decision on my path to getting my CDL.

A string of bad luck over the past year brought me to this point. Savings is now all spent trying to stay afloat.

I chose trucking because I wanted to become a truck driver when I was a teen, but ended up doing other things instead.

Big mistake.

For the last few months I have spoken or chatted with many company's and schools. Unfortunately, I am still unclear what to do probably because I am not that familiar with the trucking Industry.

First off, because of my disability (wounded during Gulf War), I cannot drive a manual transmission in any vehicle car or truck etc.

I cannot bring my wife along do to her health reasons should we become homeless, and also have 2 children.

Our relatives are useless.

After much research, it seems although most carriers have automatic transmissions, most do not train on automatics in their company sponsored CDL training. The few that do offer it, such as CRST list an impairment that disqualifies me (I have a minor impairment of my R arm and L leg), but an automatic transmission would solve the issue (no clutch and no stick shift).

Private Schools do offer what I need, but I cannot use my G.I. Bill, and even if I do get financing with my now bad credit the interest rate is thru the roof.

I am now looking into state and federal programs that provide grants, but the state one requires you to be laid off, which I was not.

So frustrated..any advice would help.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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EZ Pass (for electronic tolling) and Pre-Pass (for bypassing weigh stations).

I just noticed Roehl list this as one of their benefits, and I do not recall seeing this on the other company's reviews here on the website. Is this pretty common for company drivers? Exclusive?

"EZ Pass (for electronic tolling) and Pre-Pass (for bypassing weigh stations)."

Thanks in advance

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Health Insurance

I have noticed at least with the Several Companies I am considering as a New CDL driver that most health insurance is not available until at least 60 or 90 days being employed. Do any companies you know of provide Health Insurance within 30 days? Otherwise, if we get hurt in training or shortly thereafter before the Health Insurance is available at 60 to 90 days the hospital bill could be HUGE. I had this happen to me while waiting 30 days on my previous job for the Health insurance, and had to pay 100% of my hospital bill-$15000!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Is this TRUE about SWIFT?

Interesting....thank you for the information.

I guess I am used to finding out everything up front when it comes to what I am getting paid for and not getting paid for and the conditions that apply to each, before I sign the dotted line. I would think this especially important for any company that requires a driver to pay the tuition back, if the driver does not complete the CDL school or meet the required 1 year employment etc. depending on the company. Impossible to know the future during that critical period.

In the past, I have always received an "offer letter" which states what my job is including benefits and pay as well as company policy, which are all required to be read and understand before accepting the position. Seems with trucking, it is done the opposite way, at least for inexperienced drivers, i.e. you sign and accept the offer, without knowing all the pay and benefits.

IMHO, it would be foolish to enter into any financial agreement without knowing all the terms, as this is not purely an employment agreement depending on the company, but a financial (debits and credits, penalties, etc.) and employment agreement.

It sounds like what you are saying is that anyone wanting to start a career in truck driving, must first abide by the first unwritten rule, i.e. as a complete "noob", be grateful they are even talking to me, don't ask questions, just read what the company's website and recruiter states, and don't worry about anything else or ask about anything else because as a noob, we are not entitled to ask such questions.

I guess what you are really saying is to find out everything I would like to know in private and not publicly, where it could hurt potential employment by looking bad in doing so.

Correct?

Like I said...interesting.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Is this TRUE about SWIFT?

Hi, I was told by SWIFT that they pay $16-$17 an hour for any type of "detention" issue as long as its not the drivers fault. When I asked if I can get their complete pay policy and detention policy before I sign the bottom line to join them to go to their CDL school, they told me I can't because all that information is in their Drivers Manual, and you cannot get that until after you sign up etc. When I asked what the different types of detentions were he said its just "black and white", either its your fault or its not. He also told me in response to my question if drivers get paid if the truck breaks down or blows a tire, that such things never happen 95% of the time. I take that as a "NO"?

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