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Retha M.'s Comment
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hello Errol and guys. Quick question. I see on here that some people have to pay a 150.00 fee for something once arriving in Memphis. The recruiter hadn't mentioned it and it's not on the list of things to bring. Can you clarify please. Also they say they give you a pre trip study sheet to go by so you know the order and how to do it exactly. Any chance someone has one they can post so I can study it? Thanks.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I saw that $150 thing myself. I think it has to do with getting your CDL permit after you start school. If you walk in with permit and medical cards in hand, you skip the $150 and get down to business learning for the full license. I had my permit before I started class, and at any rate nobody from Swift asked me for money.

Your recruiter can fill you in on this.

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.
Retha M.'s Comment
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Thanks

Crawdaddy's Comment
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hello Errol and guys. Quick question. I see on here that some people have to pay a 150.00 fee for something once arriving in Memphis. The recruiter hadn't mentioned it and it's not on the list of things to bring. Can you clarify please. Also they say they give you a pre trip study sheet to go by so you know the order and how to do it exactly. Any chance someone has one they can post so I can study it? Thanks.

I called the TMC recruiter to ask about the company and they informed me I am going to have to pay 300 dollars. 150 is to make sure that I actually go to the cdl training and is refundable, the other 150 is non refundable which is for all the admin stuff that is needed such as the DOT physical and whatever other admin stuff is needed. Not sure if that helps.

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Retha M.'s Comment
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Thanks guys. Swift required that I have the physical and permit before I get there. I kicked all three test without missing a question. The High Road Training gave me confidence to be able to do that. Now I'm working on pre trip and HOS since Errol suggested that. Nervous because I understand that it had to be done in the exact order or you can fail.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Retha gets nervous:

Nervous because I understand that it had to be done in the exact order or you can fail.

(My info is a year and a half old.) The only part they told us has to be "word for word" was the in-cab pre-trip. The part about the windshield, instruments OK, and especially the air system. All the stuff outside you just do, and try not to miss any of it. Remember everything you need to talk about is right there in front of you, so just remember that it's:

PMS -Properly Mounted and Secure

Not CBB - Not Cracked, Bent, or Broken

No ABC - No Abrasions, Bulges or Cuts.

Get down with Daniel B's monumental Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see! and you'll do good.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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hello Errol and guys. Quick question. I see on here that some people have to pay a 150.00 fee for something once arriving in Memphis. The recruiter hadn't mentioned it and it's not on the list of things to bring. Can you clarify please. Also they say they give you a pre trip study sheet to go by so you know the order and how to do it exactly. Any chance someone has one they can post so I can study it? Thanks.

You don't need that 150 when you get there just make sure ur DOT Physical is up to date and being checked also the permit otherwise you'll have to redu it. Pretrip is alright. Don't stress yourself. They will give you a pretrip also to study when you get there :)

PS- I used Daniel B's pretrip and works great!

Goodluck!

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I believe the $150.00 is a suggestion for living expenses (food, drinks, snacks, etc. If you really need to lose a LOT of weight, that should cover you. I spent closer to $300.00 during my stint at the Phoenix Academy. Only you know your spending habits. Fast food is EXPENSIVE! Good Luck!

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