CDL Reinstated...

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Ahmalia's Comment
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And I'm back. Medically cleared, cdl reinstated, and right back on the dedicated fleet. It was a long rough stressful year, but I'm glad to be back. I was also happy to discover truck driving is like riding a bike. Especially since when I walked into the terminal I was literally handed a set of keys to a truck and told to go pick up a load. No refresher course or Road training or anything. So I was a little nervous having not driven for a year. But I've been back at it 3 weeks now and it's like I was never gone. And what is really cool is all of the places I'm delivering to a lot of which I have not been to in over a year or more and the people there are greeting me with where the hell have you been? It's nice to be remembered. :-)

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rick S.'s Comment
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EXCELLENT!!!

Rick

Old School's Comment
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Ahmalia, That is Great News!

I'm really glad to hear this, and thanks for sharing it with us!

I know this whole experience was really rough on you. I'm just really glad to hear that you can put it behind you now. Keep on Trucking Girl!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, that is awesome! What a mess that turned into for ya. How awesome that you're back out there again. I mean, you really don't know what's going to happen when they tell you to come back in a year. I'm sure you were wondering if you would really be able to get back in, and would you have a job waiting for you, and a million other things. But now it's over and you're back in again.

Right now no one is happier truckin down the highway than you, I know that!

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Pianoman's Comment
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Wow, I remember you! Lol. I'm sure that year felt like forever but so glad to hear you're back it. Kudos for being so resilient. Congrats!

G-Town's Comment
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Awesome news. Congratulations!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You are freaking amazing. I take four days home time and forget how to.back Lol

Good for you and congrats. I'm sure it was nerve wracking

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Excellent news! Congratulations Ahmalia!

JJ

Ahmalia's Comment
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Thanks all!! Yes I was very worried DOT was going to deny me forever. It was a HUGE relief. And Swift has been amazing through all of this. They could have terminated me last year and told me to reapply if/when my cdl was reinstated. Instead they kept me employed and while I was on leave without pay, that did keep my medical insurance in place. Considering I had 3 major surgeries, physical therapy, and tons of tests in my quest for a diagnosis, this was extremely beneficial.

Just a little side note. During one of those medical tests it was determined that I have an extra lumbar spine. Meaning most people have L1 through L5 but I have an L6. Of course I immediately asked if that could have caused my numbness issue, and was told no. I asked if it could cause me issues of any kind and was told no. So I said basically what you are telling me is I have an extra spinal bone? And the doctor said yes. So then I replied, then how come I'm not taller? LOL

Anyway, like I said, it's great to be back! Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

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.

DOT:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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Hey, missed this the first time around. Glad you're back and that things are on the mend!

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