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DEE GUIDO F.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

First off i DON'T have a CDL A or CDL B but...

I have been doing plenty of research for weeks now on CDL A and i understand what it takes to get a CDL A and what it pertains.

My question is.. I have contacted some companies here in New Mexico and they require a CDL B for straight commercial vehicles.. I am surprised many of these company's i contacted will straight hire you with the CDL B and with NO prior experience and I'm m assuming they will most likely train me if anything?? whats your input?? Is there good money to be made with a CDL B?? can you make as much as someone with a CDL A driving OTR??

One other question, Does anyone know of any companies out there that have paid training for a CDL B?? or should i ask is there a program similar to what PRIME does with there students?? Is there a company like PRIME but specializes in Straight Commercial Vehicles and has a student program like PRIME???

Thanks in a advance with all helpful information..



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.

Steak Eater's Comment
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This is pretty far outside the box, but I know for a fact that DisneyWorld in Florida hires bus drivers without a current class B and will fully train them and reimburse all DMV costs that the student incurs. The DisneyWorld class B bus driver training is 2-3 weeks. This includes full time and part time cast members. Driver pay is $12.65 per hour.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I don't know of any programs for a class B. However, if you get a class A, you can drive class B. Only holding a B will limit what you can do.

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