Garbage Truck Or Straight Truck

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ROCKO The Best ever 's Comment
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Will a garbage or straight truck company hire a new cdl class a holder

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.
Eckoh's Comment
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Will a garbage or straight truck company hire a new cdl class a holder

some will, you just have to apply. Afterall stright truck only requires a class B license

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.
C T.'s Comment
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Most garbage companies I've seen post jobs want 2 years at least. Not sure about straight trucks. Pretty sure you only need a B class though

ROCKO The Best ever 's Comment
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I remember is driving a straight truck like driving a car cause I see the four wheels

G-Town's Comment
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I remember is driving a straight truck like driving a car cause I see the four wheels

No. A straight truck is heavier, wider, and longer.

Pianoman's Comment
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I remember is driving a straight truck like driving a car cause I see the four wheels

I drove 16' and 24' cabover box trucks for 10 months before getting my cdl. They weren't rated above 26000 lbs so I didn't need a cdl for that job. They're way easier to drive than a semi, obviously. The 16' trucks felt more or less like a car/truck--just bigger. I drove them so much, after a while it was easier to drive that than my own car. The mirrors are bigger, and you can see everything right in front of you in a cabover.

Learning to maneuver these vehicles in traffic and docks and neighborhoods daily made it pretty easy for me to transition to driving an 18 wheeler mostly on the interstates and highways. In straight trucks and box trucks, you still have to learn to watch your clearances, maneuver a larger-than-normal vehicle in traffic, and back up. But the stakes are alot lower if/when you make mistakes. For example, I made a ton of wrong turns at that job, and got turned around in so many places--my job was picking up donations from people's houses, so there were many places I went to that a truck didn't belong, especially the 24' truck. I learned to maneuver those trucks "like a boss."

So when I started driving a semi, for the most part, I had a pretty good idea of where not to turn, how to get turned around without getting stuck (although I still managed to get myself in a mess a week ago lol), and how to handle a larger and heavier vehicle. Learning to back was also alot easier than I think it would have been otherwise.

That being said, if you've already got your cdl A, why wouldn't you go ahead and put it to use?

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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