Need Help Regarding My License

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Jun S.'s Comment
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I went to a CDL Driving School and got a Class A however it does have an automatic restriction which means I can only drive automatic trucks. Because of this, Im having a hard time finding employment despite the fact that I have a clean license and clean background.

1)Im fresh out of school with no experience 2)I have that automatic restriction

What do I do? Can I get a job? Where do I look?

I know the obvious solution is to get that restriction lifted. I looked into that but it will take $1000 and 2 months time. What do I do in the meantime? Is my Class A license worthless?

For those of you wondering why I have that restriction, well it boils down to the school not giving me enough training on the shifting part and I felt that I would fail the road test if I tested manual. So I decided to test automatic and passed and got my license. The bad part is the companies I wanted to work for want me to be able to drive manual. I never thought the restriction would be such a problem.

I need advice on what to do.

License is from NY State.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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I would have someone teach you the shifting and then retake the road test in a manual transmission.

David A.'s Comment
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What school did you go through and when you were taught did you drive 10 speed or auto ?

William C.'s Comment
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U.S.Xpress is an automatic company give them my driver number and tell them I sent you 448277

Jun S.'s Comment
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I would have someone teach you the shifting and then retake the road test in a manual transmission.

Easier said than done.

Where do I find that 'someone'? Where do I get a truck and trailer for the road test?

Jun S.'s Comment
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What school did you go through and when you were taught did you drive 10 speed or auto ?

We trained on both auto and manual. The manual was done early on in the course not near the time of my road test. I didnt feel confident taking the test in a manual which looking back was a bad decision.

I should have taken it, failed then immediately got more training and another road test about a month later.

Now I have to pay more money and wait 2 months, plus the license I have now to me looks worthless. I never thought it would be so hard to break into the field.

Ive filled out an application with US Xpress but have not heard from them. I even called twice today and left messages with no call back yet. Prime accepted me and also TMC. But I cant drive for them until I get my restriction lifted.

Advice to students: Dont test in an auto and get that restriction, as it will severely limit your driving opportunities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Shiva's Comment
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I went to a CDL Driving School and got a Class A however it does have an automatic restriction which means I can only drive automatic trucks. Because of this, Im having a hard time finding employment despite the fact that I have a clean license and clean background.

1)Im fresh out of school with no experience 2)I have that automatic restriction

What do I do? Can I get a job? Where do I look?

I know the obvious solution is to get that restriction lifted. I looked into that but it will take $1000 and 2 months time. What do I do in the meantime? Is my Class A license worthless?

For those of you wondering why I have that restriction, well it boils down to the school not giving me enough training on the shifting part and I felt that I would fail the road test if I tested manual. So I decided to test automatic and passed and got my license. The bad part is the companies I wanted to work for want me to be able to drive manual. I never thought the restriction would be such a problem.

I need advice on what to do.

License is from NY State.

Also try maverick and trans am

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shiva's Comment
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I went to a CDL Driving School and got a Class A however it does have an automatic restriction which means I can only drive automatic trucks. Because of this, Im having a hard time finding employment despite the fact that I have a clean license and clean background.

1)Im fresh out of school with no experience 2)I have that automatic restriction

What do I do? Can I get a job? Where do I look?

I know the obvious solution is to get that restriction lifted. I looked into that but it will take $1000 and 2 months time. What do I do in the meantime? Is my Class A license worthless?

For those of you wondering why I have that restriction, well it boils down to the school not giving me enough training on the shifting part and I felt that I would fail the road test if I tested manual. So I decided to test automatic and passed and got my license. The bad part is the companies I wanted to work for want me to be able to drive manual. I never thought the restriction would be such a problem.

I need advice on what to do.

License is from NY State.

Also, Henderson Trucking helped me lift the restriction, I am out training now

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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