Looking At Central Or Roehl...also A Medication Question, Thank You

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worrywort's Comment
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I'm getting down to it. Well, almost. The bug has bitten me and I'm about ready to start applying, and I've narrowed the list down to either Roehl or Central. I'm looking for something with zero payment down, which I know is hard to find, but it's all I can afford right now. Only question is - I'm on medication (Prozak)...Will that blow my chances at becoming a driver?

I know Roehl requires you to take the CDL exam before applying, I've been through their site, watched the videos, yadda yadda.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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According to my other half who is an experienced driver, he is fairly sure that medication (prozac) is not generally allowed but there may be drivers who take that legally because they got a letter from their doctor stating it would not impair their safe operation of a CMV , and therefore have received an exemption.

Your best bet would be to discuss this with your doctor and a DOT medical examiner, and see if he's willing to give you an exemption letter or prescribe something else that wouldn't require such an exemption.

DOT:

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.

CMV:

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
worrywort's Comment
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God bless you, thank you.

According to my other half who is an experienced driver, he is fairly sure that medication (prozac) is not generally allowed but there may be drivers who take that legally because they got a letter from their doctor stating it would not impair their safe operation of a CMV , and therefore have received an exemption.

Your best bet would be to discuss this with your doctor and a DOT medical examiner, and see if he's willing to give you an exemption letter or prescribe something else that wouldn't require such an exemption.

DOT:

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.

CMV:

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
Charlie Mac's Comment
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When you say "Central" if you're referring to "Central Refridgerated", that's Swift. They bought those guys a few years ago. I hauled Central trailers all through my Swift mentorship.

The trailers still say "Central Refridgerated". I've seen 2 or 3 (older) trucks that do too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Charlie Mac's Comment
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That's actually a Central trailer in my avatar LOL 😁

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Look here, Paid CDL Training Programs. You have other options.

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.
worrywort's Comment
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I made this post without looking up Central. When I did and found it listed under Swift, I thought "Nope!" because I've "heard" things about Swift on here, though I will pass judgement for now. I called Prime. They approved my application, though my meds are going to be an issue. I really don't know what I'm going to do, right now. I'm thinking of joining the IBEW, too, but I can't seem to make my mind up.

Nice truck!

When you say "Central" if you're referring to "Central Refridgerated", that's Swift. They bought those guys a few years ago. I hauled Central trailers all through my Swift mentorship.

The trailers still say "Central Refridgerated". I've seen 2 or 3 (older) trucks that do too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
worrywort's Comment
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Thank you, God bless. I found the info on Central on here and felt it was the perfect company!

Look here, Paid CDL Training Programs. You have other options.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Mr bean says "Nope!":

I made this post without looking up Central. When I did and found it listed under Swift, I thought "Nope!" because I've "heard" things about Swift on here,

So you "heard"/read things here about Swift that make you say No?

Just curious, what's wrong with Swift? TT/Swift drivers want to know.

Old School's Comment
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I made this post without looking up Central. When I did and found it listed under Swift, I thought "Nope!" because I've "heard" things about Swift on here, though I will pass judgement for now.

So can you quote what you "heard on here?"

Bean, I know you realize the Internet is full of falsehoods, but nowhere is it more prevalent than when it comes to trucking. You really have to ignore all the hearsay and silly bad mouthing, it all is very misleading. We have had plenty of successful Swift drivers here.

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