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    Limerick, PA

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    2 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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G-Town

I'll try to reach him. I live a few miles away from him. I've been wondering the same.

What happened to Mr. G-Town? He contributed a great amount of experience and knowledge to this forum. I miss his comments and insight. Is he retired?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Bullitt's New Journey

I passed my CDL B with P&S endorsements PreT/Skills/Road test on Friday :)

In Pennsylvania, you only need a PA state only med cert for School Bus. That means you only can do intrastate (in state driving only.) Since I have a USDOT Med card I can go interstate. So I'm more valuable to the company because I can now do trips out of state.

Moreover, The company has a Limo/Charter division. Which I can drive for them also. The company has two Terminals. So I could pick up trips as a slip seat/sub driver, if needed.

I will drive for them for at least a school year, to satisfy the paid training commitment. Then I plan to go finally make the jump to CDL A, my ultimate goal.

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Welp. Swift training didn't happen. There were a number of reasons why. The biggest is that my family (including I) weren't ready for the life change. COVID had a lot to do with it, directly and indirectly, as regards to my daughter's schooling, my wife's job(s) and home life.

Over the Summer, It came clear that our marriage was waning. We have decided to divorce amicably. Because of these developments, I can't go Class A at this time. I need to see how things settle.

So I'm going Class B with P&S endorsements driving school buses. (The terminal is actually a few blocks from G-towns home.) I live a couple miles away. I have my permit and I have started training. Today was the first time behind the wheel. I'm also working on my pretrip.

They have a similar training paid arrangement like the Class A Carriers. Paid training and give them a year. So I plan to stick it out for the School year and hopefully things look up in Fall of 2022 to go for my Class A.

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Wow, Bullitt !!!

So much, eh?

Geesh; I'm sorry about the relationship. I truly am. I had a bag packed MYSELF during Covid. It was a tough year (and still is, another one.)

I am totally on board with understanding that KIDS come first; still why I'm delaying MY TURN at CDLA until next year, myself. What's so bad about driving BUSES? If my torn rotator cuff ever heals, I might be doing the same, this winter...until my kid ages up next year...or even in the Spring. Jury is out on that one.... but YAY FOR YOU!!!

Super glad you stopped back in, man. Swift will still BE there, if ever the time comes, man.

There's a few places here in Ohio that will PAY $700/child (for the school year) for commuting your own (or somebody else's!) kids to and fro, school !!!

Blessings, always . . .

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 month ago

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Bullitt's New Journey

Welp. Swift training didn't happen. There were a number of reasons why. The biggest is that my family (including I) weren't ready for the life change. COVID had a lot to do with it, directly and indirectly, as regards to my daughter's schooling, my wife's job(s) and home life.

Over the Summer, It came clear that our marriage was waning. We have decided to divorce amicably. Because of these developments, I can't go Class A at this time. I need to see how things settle.

So I'm going Class B with P&S endorsements driving school buses. (The terminal is actually a few blocks from G-towns home.) I live a couple miles away. I have my permit and I have started training. Today was the first time behind the wheel. I'm also working on my pretrip.

They have a similar training paid arrangement like the Class A Carriers. Paid training and give them a year. So I plan to stick it out for the School year and hopefully things look up in Fall of 2022 to go for my Class A.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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CPAP 90 days?

Ask the recruiters about CPAP usage. It might take 30 days to get a DOT medcard. Though, you need to find out what the Companies/recruiters require.

It sucks about the shortage. It has to do with a major recall.

Thanks for the info I’ll definitely bring this up with the recruiters.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Residing in 2 states

You need a place of domicile. You don't need to "live there". You may only hold one state CDL license.

Is there a process that I have to go thru to be able to reside in 2 different states with my cdl?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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G-Town? Allentown?

I just shot him a text. We are from the same town.

BTW, your near the Mack Truck plant.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What makes local truck driving so appealing to drivers VS Over the road?

Sealioning (also spelled sea-lioning and sea lioning) is a type of trolling or harassment that consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions, while maintaining a pretense of civility and sincerity.

It's a Troll.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Covid 19 Vaccine Unavailabe to Drivers

I got the J&J one shot two weeks ago. I had to hunt for a cvs time shot. It took me a day to find one. I had to drive an hour away for it.

My wife had her Pfizer two shots done also.

No side effects except sore arm for a day. No biggy and happy to have gotten it done.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Driver's education questions: willful obstruction of traffic

Admire my Trolling the Troll pic?

What should a driver do if he/she should encounter people in the road who are obstructing traffic on purpose such as protestors or rioters? What should the driver do or not do so as not to get in trouble with the law?

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Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Best state for real estate for truckers

Middle Class Tax Guide

and here's their Middle Class Guide Map

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Best state for real estate for truckers

Tax guide

This is Kiplinger's 50 state Tax guide for retirees, but still a good tool for all. Your tax burden will be a big factor where you look.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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I passed

Congrats! On your CDL. Good Luck with TNT.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Recruiter responsiveness

Once you have your CLP and medcard, recruiters are more responsive. They know that you have invested time and willing to commit to a trucking career.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Home state CLP vs training state

Most programs require you to get your CLP in your home state. So for example. If you go train with Swift. You get your NJ CLP and med card. Attend training in Richmond, Va. you take the CDL exam in VA. Once you pass you are sent back home to convert your passed VA CDL results into a NJ CDL.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime TNT Trainer Wait Time?

Truckin Along With Kearsey is a mod on here and a TNT reefer trainer. Hopefully she’ll reach out to you. If you google her she has a YouTube channel and you can msg her there also.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime PSD Day 4 1/28/21

Maybe it would be a good idea to keep one diary thread instead of starting new topic? With new topic treads, you are pushing other people’s new or updated threads to the rear. Also, People like to follow progression, if you keep it neat and in one place, ppl would appreciate it more.

Just a thought

Sorry got back to the hotel last night and passed out. So got cleared yesterday, been at the pad going over pre trip. With the wind can get one done then go inside and once I can feel my fingers out again. Got a text from my trainer I am meeting him at 0530 in the cafe tomorrow and taking a load to Philly and back so will be at the hotel still. Everyone has been amazing from instructors to driver, giving words of encouragement and advice. If you are still on the fence about which company to choose I can’t recommend Prime enough. I already feel like this is my extended family. I hope I can post tomorrow night after my first run. I am nervous, terrified, and have a healthy respect to the 80k bull I’m about to climb on all at once.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Prime PSD day 0 1/24/21

Looking forward to reading your PSD experience in Pittston.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Journey with Wilson Logistics - Springfield, MO

Congrats! I just saw the announcement on Wilson’s FB page!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

Here’s a state by state guide for retirees, but still a good guide for tax friendly area to consider. Kiplinger’s Tax living State Guide.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dot tests and regulations

the issue is on the Federal level. Your state might allow Cannabis use, but on the Federal level it's an issue and this is where the problem is,,,,

"DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents/medical-marijuana.pdf

We have had several inquiries about whether the DOJ advice to Federal prosecutors regarding pursuing criminal cases will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.

We want to make it perfectly clear that the DOJ guidelines will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. We will not change our regulated drug testing program based upon these guidelines to Federal prosecutors.

The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e) – does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result.

That section states:

§ 40.151 What are MROs prohibited from doing as part of the verification process? As an MRO, you are prohibited from doing the following as part of the verification process: (e) You must not verify a test negative based on information that a physician recommended that the employee use a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. (e.g., under a state law that purports to authorize such recommendations, such as the “medical marijuana” laws that some states have adopted.)

Therefore, Medical Review Officers will not verify a drug test as negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use “medical marijuana.” Please note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

We want to assure the traveling public that our transportation system is the safest it can possibly be."

Unfortunately I have to agree with his other point. This is going to probably keep you out of the industry. You made a huge mistake by not giving yourself a minimum of six months clean without burning a joint before giving up a hair sample. That is going to make it next to impossible to move forward in a trucking career.

As someone who has had to completely change their medications due to quitting cannabis I would appreciate the “lighting up a joint” jokes to not be made. I am now on meds that do not work near as well for what I need them for, all to get “clean” to change my career. As someone who has found cannabis as the ONLY medicine that has been successful, I am rather sensitive on the subject. I do not joke about my cannabis use and would appreciate information without the jabs at my medicinal choices. And as we are in a country where nearly half our states have legal medical cannabis use, I would assume people would start to treat it as it is and not as it has been made out to be.

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