Regional/Local In VA

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Kenny S.'s Comment
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Anyone know of any regional/local companies in VA that would hire new drivers?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Blue Hotel's Comment
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I spoke with the fleet manager (I think) at SB Cox, a cement company, and they said they'd train new drivers to drive the cement mixers. But you'd need to wait until you finish school to apply, or so the man said. Ready Mix occasionally hires new guys for their mixers too.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Kenny S.'s Comment
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I've had my cdl for about 6 weeks now. Do you know what the pay was?

I spoke with the fleet manager (I think) at SB Cox, a cement company, and they said they'd train new drivers to drive the cement mixers. But you'd need to wait until you finish school to apply, or so the man said. Ready Mix occasionally hires new guys for their mixers too.

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.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Blue Hotel's Comment
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I've had my cdl for about 6 weeks now. Do you know what the pay was?

I didn't ask and he didn't say. Sorry man. Ready Mix starts out at $14 an hour, so I'd guess SB Cox would be around the same. James River Transportation (bus company) also hires and trains new people if you'd be willing to drive charter buses and limos. But they start training every January, and January only. So you'd have to wait a year.

Then there are the school buses. Henrico and Prince George always seem to be looking for people.

I don't mean to be rude, but what has been going on for the past six weeks? Has it been hard to pass orientations for the major companies, or are you just determined to drive only local?

Also, Siewers (a lumber company) was pretty professional when they heard from me, but I didn't get a definite answer.

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.
Kenny S.'s Comment
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I drive for Prime right now. Being gone for a month before I can go home isn't really ideal for me but I'm not opposed to being gone for a couple of weeks at a time either. Just weighing my options. If I drove hourly, I wouldn't drive for any less than $20 a hour. Where I live in Richmond,VA, CDL drivers are in high demand but most of them want a year under your belt.

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I've had my cdl for about 6 weeks now. Do you know what the pay was?

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I didn't ask and he didn't say. Sorry man. Ready Mix starts out at $14 an hour, so I'd guess SB Cox would be around the same. James River Transportation (bus company) also hires and trains new people if you'd be willing to drive charter buses and limos. But they start training every January, and January only. So you'd have to wait a year.

Then there are the school buses. Henrico and Prince George always seem to be looking for people.

I don't mean to be rude, but what has been going on for the past six weeks? Has it been hard to pass orientations for the major companies, or are you just determined to drive only local?

Also, Siewers (a lumber company) was pretty professional when they heard from me, but I didn't get a definite answer.

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.
Blue Hotel's Comment
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I see. I know, Richmond is a horrible place for entry-level anybody, whether you want to drive or work in an office. I hate this place and want to go OTR , or simply move, as soon as I can and as soon as a decent option for doing so is presented to me.

I drive for Prime right now. Being gone for a month before I can go home isn't really ideal for me but I'm not opposed to being gone for a couple of weeks at a time either. Just weighing my options. If I drove hourly, I wouldn't drive for any less than $20 a hour. Where I live in Richmond,VA, CDL drivers are in high demand but most of them want a year under your belt.

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I've had my cdl for about 6 weeks now. Do you know what the pay was?

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I didn't ask and he didn't say. Sorry man. Ready Mix starts out at $14 an hour, so I'd guess SB Cox would be around the same. James River Transportation (bus company) also hires and trains new people if you'd be willing to drive charter buses and limos. But they start training every January, and January only. So you'd have to wait a year.

Then there are the school buses. Henrico and Prince George always seem to be looking for people.

I don't mean to be rude, but what has been going on for the past six weeks? Has it been hard to pass orientations for the major companies, or are you just determined to drive only local?

Also, Siewers (a lumber company) was pretty professional when they heard from me, but I didn't get a definite answer.

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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.

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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