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Janet J.'s Comment
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I'm all trained in part by my old company. My boss got butt hurt and now isn't willing to work with me. I'm trained for the skills test but now I have no truck to use. I was going team with someone who is still working at that company. I don't know what my next step can be. I live in MI.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'm all trained in part by my old company. My boss got butt hurt and now isn't willing to work with me. I'm trained for the skills test but now I have no truck to use. I was going team with someone who is still working at that company. I don't know what my next step can be. I live in MI.

Janet, is your "old company" a Trucking company? So your boss's training, was that in company time or was he just doing it?

You said you're trained for the skills test (mostly backing &pre-trip). How about road driving?

Janet J.'s Comment
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Green Transportation trucking company. I was paid to train. All three areas of the skills test.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Green Transportation trucking company. I was paid to train. All three areas of the skills test.

Still not enough information. I looked at Green's web site. It doesn't look like they have a school, but they will take people who have a CDL. Do you have a full CDL-A yet? You said your boss was training you. So did you already work for Green and decided to go on the road (so your boss was going to train you himself)?

You say your boss got "butt hurt". Did his boss chew him out for training you?

Assuming your boss got in trouble for letting you drive a truck w/o a CDL , and you have most of it done, what do you want to do? Drive for Green, or go with any company that will hire you?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Janet J.'s Comment
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I got hired by Green along with someone else so we could team. She has her cdl already, she has been driving solo waiting for me so we can team. This is what the company wanted. The company sent me out with an otr driver so I could get my cdl I had my tip. I came off the road had some more training in the yard worked with a few different people. My traing was done I was ready to take my skills test. I went to the test failed the airbrake test, the in cab was flawless except after I did the service break I did not wait for the air compressor to build all the way to govenor cutoff I let it build to about 120, the I started the leak down test. I called her and she said they dont have the resources to train me anymore. She said something about going to work first. I told her I'm already trained. My boss is butt hurt not really sure why and won't schedule another test or let me have the use of one of the trucks. I have sent emails asking them what's going on what are my options with them at this point I got no reply from her or from her boss. I would like to work for Green my partner is already working there. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. I need my CDL to find out what my options are.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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If you believe you can complete the CDL test (and make sure the compressor kicks off) you can rent a truck/trailer. One Trucking Truth member did that recently, and passed.

It's a gamble and you need the rental fee, but you can get your CDL that way. (Yes, a licensed CDL holder needs to come along, - maybe the rental company can let a driver go with.) It's funny/strange that suddenly Green doesn't have the training resources any more.

If you do not have a training contract with Green, you can talk to another company, and tell them you do have a team, if you can get your license. Many companies love teams!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Janet J.'s Comment
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I can't find a place to rent truck and trailer.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I can't find a place to rent truck and trailer.

Look for truck dealers (Freightliner, Kenworth, etc.,) or Ryder. A phone call and you'll know.

One TT member did rent a truck, and someone from that company went with her to the DOT test.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I can't find a place to rent truck and trailer.

Look for truck dealers (Freightliner, Kenworth, etc.,) or Ryder. A phone call and you'll know.

One TT member did rent a truck, and someone from that company went with her to the DOT test.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Ryan L.'s Comment
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I got hired by Green along with someone else so we could team. She has her cdl already, she has been driving solo waiting for me so we can team. This is what the company wanted. The company sent me out with an otr driver so I could get my cdl I had my tip. I came off the road had some more training in the yard worked with a few different people. My traing was done I was ready to take my skills test. I went to the test failed the airbrake test, the in cab was flawless except after I did the service break I did not wait for the air compressor to build all the way to govenor cutoff I let it build to about 120, the I started the leak down test. I called her and she said they dont have the resources to train me anymore. She said something about going to work first. I told her I'm already trained. My boss is butt hurt not really sure why and won't schedule another test or let me have the use of one of the trucks. I have sent emails asking them what's going on what are my options with them at this point I got no reply from her or from her boss. I would like to work for Green my partner is already working there. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. I need my CDL to find out what my options are.

Weird that they failed you for that. I just took my CDL test a few weeks ago and I did not have to let the air hit over 120 psi. What we were taught and what I did was to make sure there is at least 100 psi before you start that. I went to Trainco and if it helps you, you can rent a truck from them. I do not remember how much it costs though.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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