Kind Of Frustrating!

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Diesel Only's Comment
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This isn't a company bashing post or a black-list to anything.

Decided to join a company hiring drivers with at least 6 months experience in a CMV. Cool I've got at least 8 at my last job, better pay and other non relevant subjects of matter.. Talked on the phone with a recruiter, liked the info I was given and pursued. I was told paid orientation plus training.. Great! I had no "straight 10" exp, I told the recruiter before I went any further they said and I quote "they'll go over all that with you" so me thinking I will be payed for "training" I thought that was for the manual trans too.. Just found out the days they are teaching me to shift I am not paid...

I was already looking at a large pay cut taking the "training" pay.. Now not getting paid at all! Woah!!

I'm getting better by the day(started shifting training Monday). My instructor told me today I've got a good rythem but I'm lacking a "smooth shift" I think I'm doing good enough to begin the "paid" portion of my training... But then again I'm no pro!!! So what I think and what is true may be two totally different things... It's just frustrating when I'm not being paid(I know it's only Tuesday! I only started on Monday with NO EXP with a 10-spd)

now to be fair this "class" or refresher im taking most people have to pay for, as in schooling course(3 or 4 week course) but I only require shifting help.

bottom line here is that I'm kind of frustrated and just wanted to rant a bit here...its way to late to back out now(cost of reimbursement for dot drug screening and all that fancy stuff is a pretty penny!!). With all considered it does kind of put a fire under my bum to hurry me up!! Haha! Lesson here is to be very specific when asking your recruiter questions.. Example:
me: "do y'all pay for training on manual transmissions?"

recruiter: "sorry no we do not, only the time your out on the road with a trainer is the only time your compensated."

thanks for reading y'all & be safe!!

- Mike


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Parrothead66's Comment
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Rant heard, carry on and good luck

Diesel Only's Comment
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Maybe this is just a test of patience for what may come on the road ahead!! Haha

Errol V.'s Comment
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You can rant if you want, Diesel Only. But if you could put a name to your company you may get some better insight on this thread.

Generally, training is not paid. Once you get your CDL permit, your company will put you on the payroll. That's generally. Some companies might pay for training. So, maybe for a better explanation, what company are you training with?

BTW, many people come here looking for a minimal experience company like this. You might be helping someone out if they knew about this school.


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.
Diesel Only's Comment
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This company is "Cypress truck lines" they require at least 6 months in a truck... They "train" in flat bed trucking, seeing as they are a flatbed company. I just thought maybe the "training" would also include the 10-spd training.


seeing as I learned on an automatic and worked in an automatic... I didn't think the 10-spd would be such a big deal.. I was wrong !!!

Diesel Only's Comment
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Might I add

first week is orientation which is reimbursed. Room & board compensated($20 daily for meals, you stay at a hotel 15 mins away from home terminal). Shuttle arrives daily at 0730 every morning heading towards home terminal , 1700 shuttle back to hotel. Don't be late - he will leave you!

in that week includes:
safety videos
safe load securement procedures
a road test
more videos
tour of the yard
your week is ended with hands-in load securement+tarping


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Diesel Only's Comment
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CTC - Cypress Training Center

from what I have heard they will charge you around 3,700-4,000 for the cost of schooling..(3-4 weeks I think) In which you will pay throughout the time you are working for them over the next year. You may pay remaining balance to leave earlier from what I've collected aswell.

keep in mind they are regional.. They will get you home time weekly!! Your spouse may ride along after 6 months and full coverage insurance.


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.

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