OTR TEAM

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Sayer A.'s Comment
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My friend and I are looking for a company that will accept us to be trained within the company as OTR drivers. However, we are looking at going Team. Is there any company that will take on two drivers for training and keep us as a pair for OTR Team Company Driver? With me being 20 and both of us under contract currently in our Class B jobs, we wouldn't begin till Late April which is two months before I turn 21. Is it possible to accomplish all this? If so with whom? Where?

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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Hey, Sayer, most companies like teams. "Everybody" makes money with teams.

Make your recruiter's day by telling her you and your buddy are going to team. (She gets two collars for one effort.)

Just remember teams have to live within 5 feet of each other in an 8x8x8 room for days at a time.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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CRST, is a Team only company, and CR England also has a decent sized Team dvision. you can read their profiles on this site at this link. Company-Sponsored Training . I am pretty sure that Prime will also run teams, since that is a large part of their final training phase.

Covenant, and US Express also like to run Teams as well.

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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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Scott D's Comment
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Are you looking to train together on the same truck? Covenant, Werner, Schneider will train teams together. Other companies will send you out on different trucks, then when done with your training hours, will get you back together and send you out as a team.

Sayer A.'s Comment
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I appreciate both responses! Ive heard both negative and positives of training with CR England but I will be sure to talk with my buddy about them. I have actually never even heard of CRST but that sure seems like a unique company if they are team-only. As far as being in the same area with each other, we went through training at our current job and have a lot in common. Reminds me of the basic training days and he is not opposed to getting well acquainted through our first year or two on the road. As we are both based out of Colorado, we have been discussing where we would go to to get trained as our area is quite remote. Do you know where CR England, CSRT, and US Express bases to discuss with a recruiter on the Western Coast near Colorado? I know Shnider does team as well, although I dont know if he and I would be able to join and stay together. Thoughts?

Sayer A.'s Comment
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Training on the same truck would be ideal yes. So we get a feel of each others strengths and weaknesses and how to fully maximize our time on the road and off.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Both CRE and CRST are on this list: Company-Sponsored Training

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Crst is out of cedar rapids iowa and will train you on different trucks...the starting pay is higher at crst then cr england...call crst and tell em 764k sent ya lol.....

Scott O.'s Comment
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I forgot all the big otr companies you have to be 21 or older to go through their programs

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.

Scott D's Comment
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Sorry, I should clarify my earlier response - those three companies will train husband/wife teams on the same truck. Teams that are not husband/wife should contact the companies for information on the training together. My apologies for the not thorough response earlier.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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