Automatic Transmission CDL Schools Or Company Sponsored Schools

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Forrest B.'s Comment
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I am an amputee and will only be able to attend schools that train with automatic trucks. Is there a list of schools that have automatics?

Susan D. 's Comment
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In your situation, I'm sure any one of the mega carriers that operate their own cdl school could accommodate you. I'd call them, explain the situation and just ask. I'd suggest Swift, Roehl, etc. If course you'll have to have your medical waiver before you can get a permit and even attend school.

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.
ChefsJK's Comment
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Plus from what i know, most major carriers are switching to a fully automatic fleet. I know Schneider is in the process of it as we speak.

K.R.'s Comment
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Swift's CDL schools are currently NOT able to accommodate or train on an automatic transmission (to the best of my knowledge, just finished orientation today). At least, not in California and not anywhere else as far as I understand.

I was trying to pursue this route (different disability that affects the use of my knees for long periods of time) but was told that because they train on manual transmission trucks and have no automatics available etc etc. I have a doctor's letter and everything documenting this but they remained that they would not be able to test or train me in a vehicle with an automatic transmission.

They will hire someone who gets their license elsewhere and has an automatic/E restriction though.

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.
Forrest B.'s Comment
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Thank you for all the comments. I'm still going to try. If I don't make it at least I can say I tried. 😀

Daniel B.'s Comment
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My cousin foolishly went to a trucking school with only automatics so now he has a restriction on his license.

Luckily he found a carrier that had no issue with it and he was provided with a truck with an auto in it.

Now he went local and he didn't need to break a sweat to find a local company with only auto's.

So far it hasn't hurt him. You'll be fine out there, at least you have a legitimate excuse. I wouldn't concern myself too much with it.

Good luck lad

Forrest B.'s Comment
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The auto only restriction on my license will be ok. I'm a left leg above the knee amputee. So I'll never be able to drive with a clutch again. As much as I loved slinging gears a few years back for CFI I'm limited now.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Why not contact CFI and see if they carry autos in their fleet now? Since CFI is back and have been in a mad dash of hiring lately.

Philip N.'s Comment
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Schneider is at least 65% automatic now according to the recruiter i spoke with.

Plus from what i know, most major carriers are switching to a fully automatic fleet. I know Schneider is in the process of it as we speak.

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