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Ellie M.'s Comment
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Ive had my CDL since "09" but was in heavy equipment so ignored it. Drove for Greyhound and Trailways primarily in NYC , also over to Canada . I am in CR England's school right now and am very worried. I'm being held in motel when I should be finishing up my last 1,000 miles of what they call "phase one" but I can't go home because that's considered abandonment and I would be disqualified . I'm broke and searching for employment. The closest I've come is 3mo's or completion of course. If they never let me out of here, which is what some are saying has happened to them, no one will hire me if they say I haven't completed my program or I need more training. I am a very good driver. I want a run that stays close to Michigan. I'm hoping someone can show me how to market myself in a way that all potential trucking companies can consider me. Any suggestions?

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.
Dave D.'s Comment
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I am in CR England's school right now and am very worried. I'm being held in motel when I should be finishing up my last 1,000 miles of what they call "phase one" but I can't go home because that's considered abandonment and I would be disqualified . I'm broke and searching for employment. The closest I've come is 3mo's or completion of course. If they never let me out of here, which is what some are saying has happened to them, no one will hire me if they say I haven't completed my program or I need more training. >

Being held in a motel? are they wanting you to wait for a slot in their training? Have you gotten any of your 1000 hrs? did you pass their course and awaiting additional training? Take a deep breath organize your thoughts. The Best way to market yourself is to be honest in your dealings with recruiters and trucking companies from your first contact. If you find yourself in an unreasonable situation which is what I believe you are trying to say then let them know the whole situation. You've been able to post your question here so you have the opportunity to apply at ALL companies that fit what YOU are looking for. Sorry if thats a vague answer but its the best I got for now.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm being held in motel when I should be finishing up my last 1,000 miles of what they call "phase one"

So why are you being held in a motel and how long have you been there? Are they waiting on a trainer for you or something?

One company I've heard will take students from CR England is Swift. It would be a million times better if you could see this through with CR England but if you can't for whatever reason then try contacting Swift and explain your situation. They might just send you a bus ticket to go train with them.

Scott L.'s Comment
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I don't see how a company can get away with something like this.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't see how a company can get away with something like this.

Well to be fair, we know next to nothing about the situation at this point so let's not jump on the company-bashing bandwagon just yet. We have to find out the whole story here.

Train's Comment
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On my first day of school I told the instructor I was considering CR England. He looked at me shook his head and said England stands for "Every New Guy/Gal Lasts About Ninety Days". Take the other advise and call Swift.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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On my first day of school I told the instructor I was considering CR England. He looked at me shook his head and said England stands for "Every New Guy/Gal Lasts About Ninety Days". Take the other advise and call Swift.

If every driver lasts ninety days then CR England wouldn't be as successful as they are now. How would they satisfy their customers with every driver having less than 90 days experience? Sorry, but you are terribly misguided. Basing your decision because of an acronym is just about the worst thing you can do.

Train's Comment
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On my first day of school I told the instructor I was considering CR England. He looked at me shook his head and said England stands for "Every New Guy/Gal Lasts About Ninety Days". Take the other advise and call Swift.

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If every driver lasts ninety days then CR England wouldn't be as successful as they are now. How would they satisfy their customers with every driver having less than 90 days experience? Sorry, but you are terribly misguided. Basing your decision because of an acronym is just about the worst thing you can do.

Daniel, my comment was a little short sited and I apologize for that. More completely I did investigate multiple companies including England. One of the resources I used was the company reviews on Indeed.com.

PJ's Comment
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Train be careful reading the review stuff of the internet about the companies. Most of the stuff, not all is from disgruntled former employee's that don't have what it takes to do this career anyway. Getting ahold of people here working for the company or meeting drivers at random at truck stops and such is a much better source of accurate information. The postings here from the folks in school are excellent in my opinion for an honest assessment of what they are currently experiencing. The good. bad, and everything in between. Also I personally think your instructor could have gave you his personal opinion of that company in more of a proffessional manner. Just my opinion.

RedGator's Comment
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If you have a cdl any company will take you. I had a guy in my orientation class that started with CR England and after 2 monthscame to us. Most will bus you from where your at.

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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