Texas CDL Skills Test Fail

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DALTON L.'s Comment
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I just completed CDL school through the local college. I passed all of my knowledge test and received a 90+ grade on my certificate in all areas. I have taken the test 3 times...and failed. The first and second time on pre trip and this time I hit a cone parallel parking. I did the straight line and off set just fine. My question is here in Texas does that mean I have to take the written test and all of the skills test again from the beginning?

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.
DALTON L.'s Comment
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Any answers guys?

I just completed CDL school through the local college. I passed all of my knowledge test and received a 90+ grade on my certificate in all areas. I have taken the test 3 times...and failed. The first and second time on pre trip and this time I hit a cone parallel parking. I did the straight line and off set just fine. My question is here in Texas does that mean I have to take the written test and all of the skills test again from the beginning?

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.
Bill F.'s Comment
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In Florida, which I know ain't Texas, once you pass a portion of the CDL test, you don't have to take it again. In other words, you passed pre-trip, so I don't think you will have to take pre-trip again. I am sure there is probably a time limit that you have to pass all potions of the test within. I recommend you call your local DMV and ask them.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

John L.'s Comment
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In Virginia, after your third failed attempt, you must attend and pass a refresher course before you can retest.

Bill is correct in that your local DMV office or CDL testing site is the best place to go for accurate information.

Good luck.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DALTON L.'s Comment
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Thanks - if there's anyone in texas that knows for sure I would appreciate it. I called DMV and the way it sounded to me is 3 fails in 90 days and I have to start all over from written on... but they weren't real helpful or clear

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DALTON L.'s Comment
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Any Texas People on here ?

ACO476's Comment
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Yes, you have to start all over. Your permit is no longer valid. Retake the written tests, get a new permit, and you have three more chances.

DALTON L.'s Comment
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ACO476 thank you for clarifying. I see you started your training about the same time as me. Now that I will have to start over again do you have any tips or pointers for me? The pre trip got me twice and then hitting a cone the last time when parallel parking.

Thanks a gain.

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.

ACO476's Comment
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ACO476 thank you for clarifying. I see you started your training about the same time as me. Now that I will have to start over again do you have any tips or pointers for me? The pre trip got me twice and then hitting a cone the last time when parallel parking.

Thanks a gain.

Study as much as you can for the pre-trip. Do the pre-trip out loud several times every day. There isn't much else you can do. Remember what you're looking for.

First, every part needs to be properly mounted and secured.

Then, if it's:

Metal - Not cracked, bent or broken Rubber - No abrasions, bulges or cuts Electrical - No cuts, frays, tears, or exposed wires Carries air or fluid - Not leaking

For backing, you get two free pull-ups and two free GOALs on both the parallel and offset. Did you use any of them? Even if you use more than two of each, they only take one point away for each one over the free two that you're given. If you didn't, shame on you. If you did, you just need more practice.

I hope this helps. Bottom line is that you'll never get better or pass the test without plenty of practice.

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.

Seadragon H.'s Comment
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/ Sygma Network / Reinhart Foodservice / Labatt Foodservice / McLane Company / Some food service companies will hire you with only the cdl permit. They then give you 60 or 90 days to qualify for the hard copy cdl. You must apply as a driver helper to get this type job and use the online application. You and the other driver will drive and work as a team. The websites may not show these jobs, but they are available.

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.
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