Update On My Life

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Big Scott's Comment
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So, I am still looking for a new job. One of the jobs I applied for requires a DOT physical. Today I got a two year DOT med card. smile.gif If I get this job I will be driving a company vehicle. I do not believe it will be a CMV. If I can get WOIA to pay for CDL school, I'll get my CDL. I found a staffing agency near me that deals with a lot local CDL driving positions and they can help someone with no expierence get a job. So, we'll see what happens. For anyone who wants to read the original thread, here it is. Life gets in the way of OTR driving

Also, I turned 50 today.


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.


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.


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.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Old School's Comment
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Happy Birthday Big Scott!

Thanks for the update.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Happy Birthday Scott...

50 is the new 30 (okay - so it's not). Have you started getting the AARP cards in the mail yet?


Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Happy birthday, Scott. I'm doing the waiting game myself... I may get laid off in five weeks or 11 months. It's going to happen and when it does, I'll be pursuing the same route you are (and I'll be 46 by that time). So please keep the updates coming; they help.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Happy five-0

PackRat's Comment
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Happy Birthday To You!dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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Also, I turned 50 today.

Happy Birthday Youngster!


G-Town's Comment
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Happy Birthday Big Scott.

Joshua J.'s Comment
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Happy Birthday Big Scott,

"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." T.S. Eliot

Good luck, and give em' hell.

Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks everyone. And Rick, not yet, I'm looking into AMAC.

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