Explosive /Operator/DOT

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Ryan S.'s Comment
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I have an Explosive/Operator/DOT card from being in the military since i handle ordanance. It gives me permission to drive with ordranance or explosives. Can this transfer over with me to Trucking? It says on the bottom this person must carry this card when operationg a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with...etc. I dont even have a CDL. Its an Explosive/Operator/DOT card as well as its says at the top Medical Examiners Certificate. Can this help me once i transfer over to Civilian OTR trucking??

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.

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I have an Explosive/Operator/DOT card from being in the military since i handle ordanance. It gives me permission to drive with ordranance or explosives. Can this transfer over with me to Trucking? It says on the bottom this person must carry this card when operationg a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with...etc. I dont even have a CDL. Its an Explosive/Operator/DOT card as well as its says at the top Medical Examiners Certificate. Can this help me once i transfer over to Civilian OTR trucking??

States are funny that way. In a word...No. You have to have a hazmat permit from your home state. It does no cross state or international boarders. Any and all big truck and hazmat/explosive experience you had in the military counts for ZERO here in the states and driving OTR. Its great you have the knowledge but means nothing to a trucking company.

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

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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Oh...ok.. Thanks!

Larry E.'s Comment
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explosive experience you had in the military counts for ZERO here in the states and driving OTR. Its great you have the knowledge but means nothing to a trucking company.

Guyjax has lots more experience and is totally correct on the states and hazardous materials aspect. However, if a company hauls any of this stuff and you have experience with it you have their attention. Will they hire you right now? Probably not (don't at least give it a shot!), but get a little experience and you can use that to maybe move toward the front of the pack in the resume department. I may be full of it too, but if I were involved in hiring it would be a no brainer to at least review a veteran with prior handling experience.

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.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info guys!

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