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MC1371's Comment
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Passed my DOT physical and CDL A with Air and Comb this morning. Now I'm just waiting on Swift to give me a call back on when they can get me in.

BTW is it normal for Swift/other companies to change their prehire policy like this? I'm seeing Errol and others who have gone company sponsored and basically showed up with a warm body. Swift wanted DOT phys and Permit in hand before opening a slot.

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.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I went to the Phoenix Academy in April. They required a Permit prior to starting School. I do not know if it is Company wide though. It makes sense to me. I'm sure lots of people show up and can't pass the Permit tests and get sent home.

G-Town's Comment
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I went to the Phoenix Academy in April. They required a Permit prior to starting School. I do not know if it is Company wide though. It makes sense to me. I'm sure lots of people show up and can't pass the Permit tests and get sent home.

I attended Richmond Academy several years ago, permit and valid medical card were required

MC1371's Comment
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Before I forget. Big hat tip, Kudos, Thank You to Brett and Co for the study guide!!!!

Breezed through all sections of the test!..

**Note, nowhere in the study guide does it mention Ice Shutters!

icecold24k's Comment
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This seems to be normal for Swift now. When I was going to go back to them a couple months ago they wanted me to have my permit and medical card before I came to Memphis. Congratulations and good luck at Swift. You will like it. They are a pretty decent company to go with.

MC1371's Comment
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OK, now I've got to ask.. Is Swift run by military planners?

Instead of going to training in MN 20 miles from my house I'm going to Memphis.. Oh well at least it's still warm down there.

icecold24k's Comment
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OK, now I've got to ask.. Is Swift run by military planners?

Instead of going to training in MN 20 miles from my house I'm going to Memphis.. Oh well at least it's still warm down there.

I think it's more the fact of their schools locations. Ha ha I do not believe that they have a school in Minnesota so it may be that Memphis is the closest school location that Swift runs to you or they can get you into that one the quickest.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Swift has about 40 Terminals, but only 5 locations with a Driving Academy. AZ, ID, VA, TN, and TX . That is the reason you will not train in MN.

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Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Mr. T's Comment
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Swift has about 40 Terminals, but only 5 locations with a Driving Academy. AZ, ID, VA, TN, and TX . That is the reason you will not train in MN.

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Also Salt Lake City, Utah

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Also Salt Lake City, Utah

Thanks T. I was just pulling names out of my head. Now I should pull my head out of my............ummmmm never mind!

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