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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Permit jobs in Oregon

ABF Freight Driver Development Program - City

This position involves attending an ABF Freight approved Driver Training School. Upon proper completion of the program, attendees will perform the functions of a Checker/Driver Combined Dock/P&D employee.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Permit jobs in Oregon

Linehaul Driver CDL Academy April, 2021

Yellow trains individuals interested in becoming Linehaul drivers and obtaining a Class A CDL at the Yellow Truck Driving Academies. Yellow’s CDL training programs are a US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program. Academy classes meet 8-hours a day, 5-days a week for 4 weeks. While at the Driving Academy, students earn a wage and travel is paid to the academy site, if over an hour from home. After successful completion of the Driving Academy, students test for a Class A CDL with Hazmat, Tanker, and Doubles/Triples endorsements.

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Before attending the Yellow Driving Academy, potential students must get a Class A Learner’s permit, Non-Excepted Interstate DOT Medical Card, and start a TSA background check with fingerprints. (Students are responsible for paying for their Class A Learner’s permit, state Class A CDL and hazardous materials, tanker, and doubles/triples endorsement exams.)

In Portland.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Permit jobs in Oregon

Truck Driver Student

The Less-than-Truckload (LTL) Driver Sales Representative (DSR) Student Program is an intensive program consisting of classroom education and hands-on driving experience. As a DSR Student, you will work as a part-time dockworker for up to 30 days prior to the start of the 9 to 12-week classroom training. During the training program, you will continue to work a designated shift prior to or following the 4-hour unpaid classroom training session. If successfully completed, you will be eligible to test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License-A (CDL-A) with hazardous materials endorsements and doubles/triples endorsements; and upon meeting all other company requirements, you may be eligible to be offered a Driver Sales Representative position.

In Gresham. Pay starts at $18.26/hr.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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California Hazmat

I think you're confusing the TSA assessment with the HAZMAT knowledge exam - they're two separate requirements. The TSA assessment requires you to show up at a TSA site and submit your fingerprints. You'll get a letter a few weeks later saying, "Congratulations! You are NOT a terrorist" (actual wording may be slightly different). The letter will tell you that a letter was also sent to your state's DMV letting them know it's alright for you to take the HAZMAT knowledge exam. The letter also advises you to wait a week or two to make sure your state's DMV has sufficient time to receive the letter from TSA and add you to the list of eligible HAZMAT knowledge exam takers.

Yes, you can start the TSA background check before you obtain your permit. Yes, you can take your HAZMAT knowledge test the same day you take your permit test IF the TSA has already completed your background check, notified your state's DMV and your DMV has added you to their list.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Career-ending accident; don't let this be you.

When you're read to drive again, maybe not right now, but that day is coming:

Dutch Maid Logistics | Now Hiring Drivers

R & R Transportation

American Trucking Group

May Trucking Company

Posted:  2 months ago

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Career-ending accident; don't let this be you.

1. Sorry for your losses.

2. You've been through A LOT! Do you have someone to talk to? It might be a good time to reach out to a professional for some perspective.

3. It sounds like Schneider preferred throwing you under the bus than dealing with their insurance broker. A load shifted on a sealed trailer and you were supposed to have inspected it before it was sealed to know it was a problem? Did I read that right? I admire your willingness to take full responsibility for your accident though I don't agree that you're 100% responsible. We are responsible for inspecting our loads to ensure proper load securement BUT when a shipper seals a container they remove most of the driver's responsibility and assume the liability.

4. Career ending? Do you know how many drivers roll their trucks going too fast on off-ramps every year who are still driving? A LOT! Drivers who destroy trucks with borderline reckless driving get second chances all the time. You shouldn't have any problems finding a driving job at a second chance company.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Sign up Bonuses, Are They for Real?

Yes, they're real. As a new driver you should focus on your training. As Kearsey said, you will know enough to pass the test and that's it. You won't know how to put fuel in the truck! DEF/ComData/TransFlo, what's that? When you do get 100,000 miles under your belt you can worry about signing bonuses.

Historically, bonuses were a red flag. Why are they having trouble finding trouble finding drivers? Why don't they just raise driver pay so all their drivers benefit instead of just luring in new drivers and letting the old drivers settle for lower pay? As more baby boomer retire, younguns are brainwashed into believing, "trucks are just going to drive themselves, why waste my time getting a CDL" - so even good companies are now having to pay bonuses for safe, experienced drivers.

ABF is offering a $7,500 sign-on bonus for road drivers. Traditionally, you'd have to work the docks for a few years, bid on a P&D driver opening when it came up and hope you had enough seniority to beat the other dock workers, drive P&D for a few years until an opening on linehaul came available and hope you had enough seniority to beat the other P&D drivers for a linehaul job. Linehaul can pay $100,00+, get you home every night with weekends off. These jobs have always been in demand. Linehaul usually has turnover <7% / year. Now, they're having to pay bonuses to get drivers for a union job with a pension!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Over-the-road doctor

Sounds more like a t.v. show than a business plan. There are so many logistical hurdles involved in treating a mobile customer/patient pool. Medical emergencies are going to be fewer per capita in the driving population than the general population - that's what the medical certificate is supposed to screen for anyway.

I'm in Seattle today. If you were to setup in Laramie on Tuesday when I would actually be passing through Laramie, how would I know you would be there? How would we schedule an appointment? If something were bothering me, why wouldn't I just take care of it with my family doctor in Seattle before I left? Heck of lightning strike for me to experience a medical emergency while passing through Laramie and bump into you BEFORE I called an ambulance or steered my truck to a hospital.

From the practicing medicine in a truck perspective - If you thought commercial real estate was expensive to rent, try running a clinic in a truck. You'll have all the medical expenses AND around $1.38/mi in operating costs AND $1,000/wk in liability insurance for the truck. Are you going to have office staff on the truck to bill insurance, greet patients and all the non-medical stuff or pay them to operate from a fixed location? So, higher operating costs, difficulty meeting up with patients, insurance hassles and competition. Yes, there's tele-health and about a dozen other apps drivers can use for <$100/call if they have insurance but there's also these guys. Fixed locations in truck stops, Nurse Practitioners providing care for $40/month, no co-pay, no deductible.

Would I want to see a CDL doctor? No. Would I want to have a beer with you and hear your stories? Yes. Would I watch the t.v. show? YES! Stick with CDL-free medicine.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Let's be honest

I've teamed with a few Swift drivers over the years. Their driving skills were all satisfactory. To the man, they all had nothing but positive things to say about the organization.

I'm still puzzled how Swift got tagged as being the bottom of the barrel for safety. I've seen A LOT more FedEx trucks in distress (upside down, on fire, off roading, etc.) than Swift, though Amazon is working hard to catch up with FedEx.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Wil Trans said No

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leasing just for the pay bump.

Here's another thing to chew on. Most L/O agreements require you to use your lessor for dispatch. You can't go to the load boards yourself and choose your loads. You only get to choose the loads and rates from your Lessor! What does that mean? Well, when times are slow (January) there are fewer loads and rates go down. You get all the downside of any trucking company or Owner/Operator. You may sit idle for days waiting for a load or have to take one at or near break-even. When times pick up and rates go up everyone makes more money - except for you. See, if a broker get greedy and starts offering loads for less than his competitors are offering them for drivers will take their trucks where they can make the most money and he makes nothing. As a Lessee Operator you're captive - you can't take your business anywhere else. Lessors know this so they will take a bigger slice off the rate and offer you less. Yeah, your rates will go up but not as much as they would for a comparable load on a competitive board. So, in a fluctuating market you get all of the downside and a fraction of the upside.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Yet another cb question

.. does anyone have a good reason not to invest in a cb?

No. It's mostly young people who don't want to pay for something that (they think) was only used, "back in the day" because smart phones weren't invented yet.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Looking for Recommendations.

Would you consider dedicated (CA, ID, OR, UT, WA)? I know a place on Marine Drive.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Question about flat tires on company trucks

So I recently heard from a company driver .....

I think I've found your problem. There's a lot of misinformation out there and stories that leave out important details because the storyteller prefers to blame someone else instead of themselves for their own shortcomings. If you're driving down the road and get a flat tire because of a road hazard (nail, re-bar, barbed wire, etc.) it's not your fault and you won't be charged. If you turn a corner too tight and catch your rim on the curb, a fire hydrant, etc. and chew up your rim or your tire that is your fault and you may be asked to reimburse the carrier for the damage. If I, or any other experienced driver, had a chance to grill your, "company driver" about his story I bet we'd find one or two important details that he chose to leave out.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Truckers Score $100 Million Lost Wages Victory In Court

"Guard their freight".... So does that mean if the freight is stolen while the driver is sleeping....which has happened. That i driver should pay the $50k freight bill??? This just happened to a driver while he was sleeping.

Does that mean if you wake up to someone breaking the lock on your trailer and unloading your cargo that you should just roll over and go back to sleep?

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driver shortage ranks highest in ATRI's latest truck industry survey

Why on earth would a driver be worried about a shortage? More freight to go around. Doesn’t make sense.

Less than a third of the surveys came from people who actually drive trucks. From the article:

"In total, 43.9 percent of responses came from motor carrier personnel, 32.2 percent from commercial drivers, and 23.9 percent from others, including industry suppliers, driver trainers, and law enforcement."

The, "driver shortage" myth perpetuated by the American Trucking Association (ATA). It's being used to justify all kinds of crazy low-cost substitutes for professional drivers. Whether it's allowing 18 year-olds to drive interstate or carriers importing drivers from South Africa on sketchy H2-B visas for $125/wk. none of these, "solutions" for a non-existent problem bode well for drivers or the safety of the motoring public.

According to the Department of Labor:

Monaco, an associate commissioner at the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, spoke Wednesday at the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Driver turnover is indeed a major issue, she says. And there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of carriers struggling to fill seats. However, those issues do not mean there’s an actual shortage of drivers, Monaco argues. What’s largely perceived as a labor shortage is in fact a retention issue, with heavy recruiting efforts by fleets contributing to the persistently high turnover rates, she says. ..... When fleets raise pay, they draw more workers into the driver pool, she said. “Which is exactly what we would expect to see if the market is working the way it should.”

From a long-term perspective, raising wages helps calm turnover and grow the driver pool. However, Monaco contends, fleets often find it easier and cheaper to simply continue the churn cycle and hire new drivers instead of raising wages. And “with the sheer number of carriers who are doing it, accelerates the churn,” she says. “I think moderate wage increases are better in the aggregate, but that involves a lot of cooperation, because it’s still going to be faster and easier for individual carriers to go and poach other drivers.”

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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I was wondering if I could get a second chance

Step 1

Pay what you owe to CRST. The good news is they're having a sale. Due to an injunction granted by Judge Saris in the ongoing Montoya v. CRST proceedings, CRST is only allowed to collect as “training fees” amounts that CRST actually paid to your truck driving school and those fees cannot exceed $2,500.

Judge Saris also prohibited CRST from attempting to enforce the non-compete provision in your contracts (including CRST’s practice of telling other trucking companies that you are still under contract with CRST) if you have already paid CRST back the amount that CRST paid to your truck driving school plus any outstanding debt for lodging and transportation during truck driving school.

Step 2

Apply, apply, apply. Someone will hire you.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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I was wondering if I could get a second chance

Three years away would definitely need some retraining to get behind the wheel. Did CRST pay for your CDL school? If you were under contract and didn't finish it you'd need to repay CRST before they'll release you from your non-compete agreement. How serious were the accidents?

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Nuclear verdicts get carriers rethinking safety training programs

Not a ricer, not a Honda. It was an Aprilia (Italian). The tell is the red rectangular nameplate on the top of the tank. Hard to tell from that angle, but looks like an RSV4 - when 200hp isn't enough.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Please help? Need advice.

Given your background and situation I'd suggest look for a dock position at a local LTL company. The majors (OD, SAIA, ESTES, UPS, XPO) all have, "dock to driver" programs that let you start by working on the docks and in as little as 30 days you can start training to be a P&D driver. They train you to get your CDL while you get paid. The pay and benefits are excellent in LTL. Working P&D you'll be on the day shift so you'll still have afternoon/eveningsweekends with your family. The one downside is that you'll be a rookie driver with plenty of FBS (Funky Backing Situations). You'll be backing the truck up to docks several times a day. Look elsewhere on the forum - new drivers drive the truck for FREE they earn their pay backing the truck! Usually they start the rookies out with 28' trailers though.. After a few years when the kids are grown you can transfer to linehaul, drive nights and see the neighboring states.

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