I NEED HELP!!!

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Jeffrey P.'s Comment
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I completed the 4 week CDL training program with ROEHL, which is a great company. However, after my 2nd attempt, I did not pass my CDL state license test. I didn't pass parallel parking section of backing skills. I need a carrier that will let me take the CDL test to obtain my license. I already have the training completed. I just need to test again. Any advice on who would let me do this?

Thanks, Jeff

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.
C T.'s Comment
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What happened with roehl? Are you no longer with them?

G-Town's Comment
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Jeff, you might want to check your signed schooling contract/agreement in place with Roehl before you jump ship mid-stream. Two tries without a pass isn't a big deal in the long run. I'd try first to make it happen with Roehl.

Good luck.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I would apply to another company sponsored school. You'll be ahead of the game and get the backing help you need. Now if Roehl will release your 160 training certificate, find a school who will do a refresher? so you can retest.

Won't Roehl allow you to retest? I know in Kentucky, for the one fee, you get 4 attempts to pass your skills. The state says it takes most people 3-4 attempts to pass.

Jeffrey P.'s Comment
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Jeff, you might want to check your signed schooling contract/agreement in place with Roehl before you jump ship mid-stream. Two tries without a pass isn't a big deal in the long run. I'd try first to make it happen with Roehl.

Good luck.

I was terminated from Roehl after failing 2nd time. Upon termination I was released from contract

Jeffrey P.'s Comment
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Roehl released me from their contract after 2 attempts. They terminated my employment with them. So now I am without a carrier.

Cwc's Comment
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I would think at this point you start over at a different company from square one.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I'm in company sponsored traning with CFI. They use outside schools. The school I'm in will test and train you to make sure you pass. I would suggest you apply to other companies who offer Paid CDL Training Programs. You need a school to train you in all the parts for the CDL test. Did you pass the pre-trip part. You may not have to redo that part. 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.
Taxman's Comment
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Question for the forum: Is it valuable to be able to tell an employer "I went to Roehl's school and have my CDL , but Roehl didn't hire me and I need to finish my training", as opposed to "Roehl trained me in the classroom, but I haven't passed my driving skills test"?

Question for Jeffrey: Are you reasonably certain that you're ready to pass your skills testing, and can you afford to pay a third party examiner for it? One of the examiners listed in my county is a rent-a-truck outfit, and they advertise that they'll rent you the truck and trailer for testing if you can't furnish them, is that commonly 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.
Old School's Comment
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Question for the forum: Is it valuable to be able to tell an employer "I went to Roehl's school and have my CDL , but Roehl didn't hire me and I need to finish my training", as opposed to "Roehl trained me in the classroom, but I haven't passed my driving skills test"?

Taxman, I think either one of those statements are invaluable. There is no merit in either position.

The first one really makes no sense to me, because if you got your CDL from Roehl, then they would hire you - it only makes sense for them to want to recoup their investment in you.

The second one is kind of the situation Jeffrey P finds himself in, and it is a position which means that you will have to start over at square one.

No training program is going to take someone in this position and let them just go straight to the driving test. Jeffrey has no training certificate, and there is no way a training program could give him one without having it fully documented that he had gone through their training program.

Just imagine the liability holes in their legal defense should Jeffrey have an accident where someone was seriously injured. That would be a gift horse for any of these attorneys you see on billboards all across the country advertising that they take on the big trucking companies.

Jeffrey, you are back to square one. I'm not sure what all happened at Roehl, but for whatever reason they didn't think it was worth their effort to keep at it with you. We tell people all the time that these training programs are like try-outs for a sports team - either you make the cut or you go home. Just because you get invited to a training program it does not guarantee you a job.

Don't let it discourage you, I missed making the cut at three different orientations, and I already had my CDL! I kept trying until someone gave me a chance to prove myself. Have you considered Prime? Their training program is much more likely to produce positive results for someone who may need some extra attention. It is one on one, and all of the training is actual on the job pulling of loads. Plus they will pay you a minimum of 700 bucks a week while in the second phase of training.

Question for Jeffrey: Are you reasonably certain that you're ready to pass your skills testing, and can you afford to pay a third party examiner for it? One of the examiners listed in my county is a rent-a-truck outfit, and they advertise that they'll rent you the truck and trailer for testing if you can't furnish them, is that commonly available?

Once again Taxman, this will do him no good. He will not have a 160 hour certificate if he goes this route, and no reputable trucking company is going to touch him without that training certificate.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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