Hazmat And A TWIC Card

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Philly Boy's Comment
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I've been driving now for the same company for a year now and now I'm thinking about trying to get a TWIC card and my hazmats I just want to get people's opinions on the pros and cons of having a hazmat and TWIC card . Thanks

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

ChefsJK's Comment
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See if your company will pay for it or reimburse you for the cost of them, that would be a good start especially if they require you to have them.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The pros, more job opportunities. The cons, extra cost for license. If you don't. have tanker, you should get that too.

Shiva's Comment
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I've been driving now for the same company for a year now and now I'm thinking about trying to get a TWIC card and my hazmats I just want to get people's opinions on the pros and cons of having a hazmat and TWIC card . Thanks

Do you need a TWIC card? Unless your going in and out of the ports, I see no need for it. HAZMAT and Tanker definitely.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I've been driving now for the same company for a year now and now I'm thinking about trying to get a TWIC card and my hazmats I just want to get people's opinions on the pros and cons of having a hazmat and TWIC card . Thanks

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Do you need a TWIC card? Unless your going in and out of the ports, I see no need for it. HAZMAT and Tanker definitely.

Extra job opportunities if you ever decide to go local. My local tanker gig requires a TWIC card, but I still have never needed to use it. But they require you to have it just in case.

Besides, it was so easy and simple to get why not?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

AndMilesToGo's Comment
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Having a TWIC isn't as big a deal as it used to be but it's still good to have IMO. I got my first one in 2009 and when it expired 5 years later a second one. Both were fully reimbursed by the company (around $130). It's $60 if you lose it. Believe there's a discount for the Hazmat if you already have a TWIC or vice versa?

The turnaround time used to be months so having one was more valuable (could get all the overtime or deliveries to a TWIC site by default) but they process pretty quickly now. It's not just ports that it grants you unescorted access to, but any facility deemed worthy. Power stations, chemical plants, airports etc. With permission from the facility you could also personally escort others who don't hold one. That may or may not be a hassle depending on your time constraints and how you're getting paid. Doing a delivery that takes a couple of hours and then having to wait within earshot of coworkers while they do the same could be brutal if you're not on hourly pay.

Can't speak to Hazmat other than the sheer amount of jobs for it around this area.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Shiva's Comment
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I've been driving now for the same company for a year now and now I'm thinking about trying to get a TWIC card and my hazmats I just want to get people's opinions on the pros and cons of having a hazmat and TWIC card . Thanks

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Do you need a TWIC card? Unless your going in and out of the ports, I see no need for it. HAZMAT and Tanker definitely.

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Extra job opportunities if you ever decide to go local. My local tanker gig requires a TWIC card, but I still have never needed to use it. But they require you to have it just in case.

Besides, it was so easy and simple to get why not?

I work in Chicago Local Intermodal , so no need for a TWIC CARD. But if you would be going to the ports, then yes. You should get 1. It's just expensive, unless your company will pick up the cost.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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