How Many Of You Have Hazmat Endorsement?

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Mario V.'s Comment
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hazmat endorsement doesn't really interest me, i was planning of getting all others except this but i wouldn't like it much if not having hazmat endorsement cuts out my probable job by a lot. so do many of you truckers have this endorsement?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Steve L.'s Comment
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I have it and you probably want it. It's easy to get and (with changing government regs on what constitutes hazmat) many companies are requiring it. Some will even pay for it.

In practice, most hazmat loads I've hauled aren't what most of us think of as hazmat.

My company, Schneider, pays me a little extra for hazmat loads and it opens me up for more available loads.

I hope this helps.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

James J.'s Comment
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Averitt is starting to require it, I have gotten some loads just because I did have it. As Steve L. stated hazmat is not only the big tanks of methal ethal bad stuff but some common stuff.. It is not hard to get.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I use it easy everyday. When I was OTR , me and a fellow driver named Bob would both be available for a load at the same time. This load was a hazmat load and it was the only thing picking up until tomorrow afternoon. Bob didn't have hazmat, Bob had to continue sitting until a load came his way. Me, I could haul anything so I never sat.

A lot of people don't know this but youre in competition with the other drivers in your company for freight. Be better than them, be legal to haul loads that they can't, and you'll sit much less.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Mario V.'s Comment
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My problem is that in my state you got to be a u.s citizen to get the hazmat endorsement but unfortunately am not one yet. i can get all others with no problem.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Mario, what type of residency do you have here in the US. If you are a resident/legal alien, that is often called a green card, I think you have similar rights as a citizen, except you cannot vote. If your immigration status is different, maybe a H1B visa, that might prevent you from hazmat. I think a quick call to your immigration attorney may be required.

Bryn

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Just did a quick check over at the TSA.GOV website, and it states that eligibility is for Naturalized Citizens, U.S. Citizens, and Lawful Permenant Resident (I-551, commonly known as a green card).

Phil C.'s Comment
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I have hazmat and its good to have but not needed really. Just depends what you want to haul. There is something about having your drivers license a set time before you can get a cdl but I forget if its a year or 3 years.

Phil

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

David's Comment
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Having hazmat will OPEN doors and advance your driving career! Study it on the High Road Training Program

having had my CDL for 3 1/2 years, I never got my Hazmat, i reqret it daily now... Monday i'll be going to take the exam..

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Mario V.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your reply, i will continue studying every available manual for now even for hazmat. Bryn my status is closer to a H1B visa so am neither a citizen or a permanent resident. i will talk to my immigration lawyer later in the future to see what i can do. Phil i had my driver license for a while now, clean driving record. I'll study for hazmat even if i am not able to get it due to my legal status

all your help and advice are greatly appreciated. thank you all

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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