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G-Town's Comment
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Yes, you must be medically qualified before your state will administer the CLP exam.

The reason; once you have the CLP you are free to drive as long as a valid CDL holder occupies the passenger seat. You need to be medically cleared in order to have the driving privilege.

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.

Dm:

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Bran009's Comment
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I want to start this reply off with a "I'm sorry" cause I just read back the last couple of replies on here and they are kinda sounding whiny and woe is me. I am better and that, I know what I have to do to succeed in my plan. I just have to figure out the trip and how to make it happen. You all have given great advice and encouragement, I've just been feeling frustrated due to this being so close for me.

Having said this, I can either push through and get it done or I can quit and throw a hissy fit. In the world at large nothing is ever handed out to someone for free; it all requires time, money, and/or effort of some kind. Do I want to start my career in Truck Driving as a "snot nosed whiner" or as a "go and get it done person"? I choose to get it done and make it work. One way or the other I will be starting at a cdl program within the next month and half!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott's Comment
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There are some hoops to jump through to get to the solo driver position. We all did that. There is plenty of frustration to go along with this journey. You having the get er done attitude is what you need. It is very important to choose a company you can start with and drive for for at least one year. This is the reason for the following resources.

We are here to help each other. Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bran009's Comment
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Good news! One of the places that does the DOT physical and drug test does billing! This just means that I can go through things a bit faster and not worry about having to come up with the extra $140. The $50 for the permit I already was having to pay into, now I just pay it before going to Prime. I am still waiting to hear back from Roehl, they said the recruiter will call within 1-2 business days after reviewing the application. I already have a Prime Recruiter waiting for me to get the permit, once that is done they would schedule a training day.

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.

Schmidtrock's Comment
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Here is a list of schools in Illinois from the Schneider Jobs website. https://schneiderjobs.com/company-drivers/truck-driving-career/find-truck-driving-school/state/il

Here is the link to search opportunities by your zip code. https://schneiderjobs.com/search-driving-opportunities/program

If there are opportunities in your area, they have a one year contract paid training program now. That is how I am proceeding.

Paid CDL Training Program

How to apply: Fill out an application if available near you Eligibility: Varies Questions: Contact a Schneider Driver Recruiter at 877-872-1766

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.
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