Hazmat E & TWIC Card ??

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David V.'s Comment
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Good morning to all, so i got my CDL A with tanker endorsement but no hazmat. i was told by my younger brother who worked for Swift, that by having Hazmat Endorsement, Swift will force you to haul heavy loads! i am willing to haul what ever i can handle. should i get my hazmat before going with swift or afterwards when i am ready? i am also leaning towards getting my TWIC card. when is a good time to start on either one? how safe is it to haul heavy for newbies? Thank you.

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

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I got my TWIC the day I got my license. I was told prime required hazmat twic and passport. Ive used the TWIC a bit. Never got hazmat... it's a few hundred dollars in NJ my homestate. They wanted us to transfer our cdl from MO where we tested to home and get hazmat. I didn't get the hz

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

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's best to get all of that stuff out of the way in the beginning if you can. Once you're out on the road driving you're never going to find the time to do that stuff. You're going to have to use your precious little home time to do it. Plus you're already in "studying and paperwork" mode so while you're doing that kind of stuff anyhow just get your TWIC card, all of your endorsements, and everything like that out of the way and be done with it.

Getting your Hazmat endorsement will have nothing to do with the weight of the loads you'll be carrying. What it will do is make you eligible to haul Hazmat loads. So you might be in an area where you and two other drivers are empty but only you have a Hazmat endorsement and they don't. So guess who's going to be making money today and guess who is going to sit around at the truck stop hoping something comes along?

Here is the section of our High Road Training Program that covers the Hazmat Endorsement:

Hazardous Materials Training

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

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Matt M.'s Comment
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I would get the hazmat , I have gotten loads while other people sat because of my hazmat endorsement. It has no bearing on the weight of the loads.

Might not be as applicable if you run dry van , but compared to my typical reefer runs hazmat loads and unloads a heck of a lot faster as well. Pays better to boot.

Just benefited from a hazmat load earlier today. After running across country, we picked up a preloaded hazmat trailer and are headed right back across. 6,000 miles in under 6 days (team truck). Might not have been so lucky if we didn't have those endorsements.

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

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David V.'s Comment
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It's best to get all of that stuff out of the way in the beginning if you can. Once you're out on the road driving you're never going to find the time to do that stuff. You're going to have to use your precious little home time to do it.

Hello brett, very helpful info. At times My younger brother speaks outloud without thinking lol. I had to make sure and you are correct. Thanks again!

David V.'s Comment
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I would get the hazmat , I have gotten loads while other people sat because of my hazmat endorsement.

Thanks for the heads up mat, i am diffently going to get the Hazmat E. I dont know what i would do without truckingtruth!! It just goes to show there are very good people out there willing to help you out. Thank you! :)

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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It also goes to show just how misinformed other drivers can be. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but while OTR all my hazmat loads were always super light.

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.

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