Roehl Vs Millis Cdl Training

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Clyde S.'s Comment
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Any input regarding the better cdl training program would be greatly appreciated. Also who pays the best OTR rates. Thanks

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.

OTR:

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.

CHillR's Comment
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Both companies are great. They wouldn't be in business if they were bad. Pick the one that fits your needs and ideas. There are a lot of good companies to choose from on here.

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.

Clyde S.'s Comment
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Thanks CHillR. Seriously considering Roehl, but Millis starts their graduates 10 cents per mile high higher. Got any hard info on the miles that Millis drivers get? Thanks again!

Both companies are great. They wouldn't be in business if they were bad. Pick the one that fits your needs and ideas. There are a lot of good companies to choose from on here.

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.

CHillR's Comment
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I don't have any personal info. Only what I read on here. Some of the more experienced driver may be in here later to add things. There is a lot of articles on the first year of driving. It's not all about the money.

Tim F.'s Comment
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I’d go with Millis Transfer. Ten cents more per mile. You’ve posted twice and both times you talk about pay. Nothing I will say will change your mind.

Good luck. Btw...I drive for Roehl and am. well compensated AND I get home every week.

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.

Clyde S.'s Comment
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Thanks again. Have you made the decision for your school yet?

I don't have any personal info. Only what I read on here. Some of the more experienced driver may be in here later to add things. There is a lot of articles on the first year of driving. It's not all about the money.

whosfate's Comment
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Clyde,

I don’t get on here much, but I would like to add a little bit of my experience with Millis Transfer for you.

I went to their company training in February of this year and completed in March. Training is 3 weeks (unpaid) followed by 3 days of company orientation. Their class sizes are small (we had 5 students) and their training was very good.

Afterwards, I went out with a trainer for 7 weeks before graduating into my own truck. You have to log a minimum of 15,000 miles with your trainer (I did 18k). You will test for your CDL after you’ve been with your trainer for a little while and they feel you are ready.

As far as pay is concerned, I was paid $0.42/mile for all miles the truck moved whether I was driving or not. If you get a trainer that likes to run hard like mine did, you will get miles. We almost always ran in excess of 3k miles a week. One week we ran 4400 miles followed by a 3800 mile week. You can do the math. While with your trainer you will not be paid for detention ($20/hr. after 90 min.) or extra stop pay ($15). Millis increased our base pay to $0.43/mile at the beginning of May.

I don’t know anything about Roehl, but I can say that Millis is a stand up company to work for. Everything they told me has been straight up and everyone that I have met here has been very helpful.

One thing to consider is Millis is transitioning to a fully automatic fleet, there are very, very few manuals left in the fleet. You will take your CDL test in your trainer’s truck which will very likely put you with an auto restriction on your license. That may or may not be a concern for you.

Any other questions just ask me. In fact I should probably write a training diary from beginning to present day on here.

God Bless

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.
Clyde S.'s Comment
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Thanks Tim. Am also leaning towards Roehl. Was just curious about starting mileage rates. Live in NC. I know that the Ga. training center only trains with auto. Would it be better to train at the Wisconsin center that uses standard trans? Nice to talk with someone who drives for Roehl. Would appreciate any insight when you have the time. Be safe out there. Thanks again.

I’d go with Millis Transfer. Ten cents more per mile. You’ve posted twice and both times you talk about pay. Nothing I will say will change your mind.

Good luck. Btw...I drive for Roehl and am. well compensated AND I get home every week.

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.

Clyde S.'s Comment
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Thanks so much for the input. Know your busy out there and I really appreciate your time. I live in N.C. and Millis has a training facility in Eden, NC. Are you part of a national fleet or regional? Know that Millis has a large presence in the southeast. Thanks again for responding.

Clyde,

I don’t get on here much, but I would like to add a little bit of my experience with Millis Transfer for you.

I went to their company training in February of this year and completed in March. Training is 3 weeks (unpaid) followed by 3 days of company orientation. Their class sizes are small (we had 5 students) and their training was very good.

Afterwards, I went out with a trainer for 7 weeks before graduating into my own truck. You have to log a minimum of 15,000 miles with your trainer (I did 18k). You will test for your CDL after you’ve been with your trainer for a little while and they feel you are ready.

As far as pay is concerned, I was paid $0.42/mile for all miles the truck moved whether I was driving or not. If you get a trainer that likes to run hard like mine did, you will get miles. We almost always ran in excess of 3k miles a week. One week we ran 4400 miles followed by a 3800 mile week. You can do the math. While with your trainer you will not be paid for detention ($20/hr. after 90 min.) or extra stop pay ($15). Millis increased our base pay to $0.43/mile at the beginning of May.

I don’t know anything about Roehl, but I can say that Millis is a stand up company to work for. Everything they told me has been straight up and everyone that I have met here has been very helpful.

One thing to consider is Millis is transitioning to a fully automatic fleet, there are very, very few manuals left in the fleet. You will take your CDL test in your trainer’s truck which will very likely put you with an auto restriction on your license. That may or may not be a concern for you.

Any other questions just ask me. In fact I should probably write a training diary from beginning to present day on here.

God Bless

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Clyde S.'s Comment
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Since going solo, how many miles are you averaging a week? Thanks.

Clyde,

I don’t get on here much, but I would like to add a little bit of my experience with Millis Transfer for you.

I went to their company training in February of this year and completed in March. Training is 3 weeks (unpaid) followed by 3 days of company orientation. Their class sizes are small (we had 5 students) and their training was very good.

Afterwards, I went out with a trainer for 7 weeks before graduating into my own truck. You have to log a minimum of 15,000 miles with your trainer (I did 18k). You will test for your CDL after you’ve been with your trainer for a little while and they feel you are ready.

As far as pay is concerned, I was paid $0.42/mile for all miles the truck moved whether I was driving or not. If you get a trainer that likes to run hard like mine did, you will get miles. We almost always ran in excess of 3k miles a week. One week we ran 4400 miles followed by a 3800 mile week. You can do the math. While with your trainer you will not be paid for detention ($20/hr. after 90 min.) or extra stop pay ($15). Millis increased our base pay to $0.43/mile at the beginning of May.

I don’t know anything about Roehl, but I can say that Millis is a stand up company to work for. Everything they told me has been straight up and everyone that I have met here has been very helpful.

One thing to consider is Millis is transitioning to a fully automatic fleet, there are very, very few manuals left in the fleet. You will take your CDL test in your trainer’s truck which will very likely put you with an auto restriction on your license. That may or may not be a concern for you.

Any other questions just ask me. In fact I should probably write a training diary from beginning to present day on here.

God Bless

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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