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William J.'s Comment
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I suppose I should start this with a little about myself. I'm not 100% though by any standards I'm pretty green still. I first got my CDL through a company sponsorship 8 years ago, made some dumb rookie mistakes I won't go into (I doubt I would've made them if I had known of this website), got fired, and didn't renew my license. I worked several dead end jobs, got married, had kids, ect. Now I'm on social security from an accident I had ten years ago and because disability pay crap I've been looking for a job with little luck, so here I am at the end of my ropes and I figure why not I apply through driver's solutions and get a job. My DM told me I wouldn't be able to find another job in the truck industry when I was fired eight years ago. Either way here we are today and I take my DOT physical next week and ship for school around the end of August. I'm very exited to be going out on the road again and plan on documenting my journey through trucking truth. Until next time, keep 'em sunny side up and greasy side down.

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.
Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Question for you buddy, I too am on disability and wandering if they offer a program that pays for schooling like unemployment does. I haven't called them yet to find out. Plan on doing that today. But for the same reasons as you. Money is tight and looking for a job isn't going well. So trucking has been my passion but will I be able to get a shot being on disability? I've been shot down by 2 CSS's due to no work history in the last 24 mths. No kidding I've been on disability. Best of luck to you. Mark

I suppose I should start this with a little about myself. I'm not 100% though by any standards I'm pretty green still. I first got my CDL through a company sponsorship 8 years ago, made some dumb rookie mistakes I won't go into (I doubt I would've made them if I had known of this website), got fired, and didn't renew my license. I worked several dead end jobs, got married, had kids, ect. Now I'm on social security from an accident I had ten years ago and because disability pay crap I've been looking for a job with little luck, so here I am at the end of my ropes and I figure why not I apply through driver's solutions and get a job. My DM told me I wouldn't be able to find another job in the truck industry when I was fired eight years ago. Either way here we are today and I take my DOT physical next week and ship for school around the end of August. I'm very exited to be going out on the road again and plan on documenting my journey through trucking truth. Until next time, keep 'em sunny side up and greasy side down.

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.
William J.'s Comment
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The best advice I can give you about the work history is to be honest. Put disabled down for that gap in your employment history and list some of the work you did before that as well. Most important will be your background check for accidents and citations. Depending on the state you live in you should qualify for grants based on income and also reeducation grants from your local rehab office. I choose a company sponsored school but you should be able to get into a private school no problem.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Thanks bud for the quick reply. Prior to my disability I worked for the same company for 18 yrs. My DL is crystal clean. 1 speeding ticket 8 yrs ago, and my NCIC I have a felony conviction 35 yrs ago. Crystal clean since. So basically I'm clean but on disability due to a Brain tumor 4 yrs ago. I'm gd to go now. Keep us updated.

The best advice I can give you about the work history is to be honest. Put disabled down for that gap in your employment history and list some of the work you did before that as well. Most important will be your background check for accidents and citations. Depending on the state you live in you should qualify for grants based on income and also reeducation grants from your local rehab office. I choose a company sponsored school but you should be able to get into a private school no problem.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Hey guys. Got a tip for you. If you are on disability check with the local unemployment office about the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation program. We had a couple people at my school who's course was paid for by Voc Rehab.

Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Yes Ma'am I called them today and they are shooting me out the paperwork. It's not the same as unemployment offers, but they want you working instead of receiving a check for playing on the puter all day. And so do I.:) I've been doing my do diligence daily to get all my ducks floating straight. Been studying my butt off preparing for the permit. So far I'm averaging a 95% so I'm pretty happy with that. I want that 100% however. Keep the wheels rolling and be safe. Mark

Hey guys. Got a tip for you. If you are on disability check with the local unemployment office about the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation program. We had a couple people at my school who's course was paid for by Voc Rehab.

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