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Oak and Iron's Comment
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First, let me thank the mods and contributors for the amazing wealth of information on this site. It has been more helpful than you may ever know. Thank you!

Now my story: Both of my children are now grown and living happy lives without my daily interference. Son is stationed in Japan and Daughter is doing the college thing in Arizona. I had planned to buy a class C RV and travel around just doing temp work to keep busy. And then a lightbulb...why not get paid to do the traveling! I can still hike in the Rockies...see the sites and knock out the states i haven't seen yet (the Dakotas and Montana) and get paid for it! Great idea! Background check:no problem! Drug test:no problem! Physical: no problem! CDL:hmmm...slight problem.

I remember it well....now. I was working in Philadelphia and living in northern Delaware in June 2006. I had taken my sisters Jeep down to get tires on it for inspection. No sales tax in Delaware and I could save her a few bucks. I did a California stop at a stop sign coming off the interstate and got caught. Tossed the citation in the glove box.....and forgot about it. Took my sisters Jeep back to her a few days later and never thought about it until I went to renew my license. Aurgh! I cant renew because I'm suspended. Sadly, my adventure was just beginning. A couple years had gone by and that district court no longer existed. So all the phone numbers and addresses i could get online or from the various dmv's went no where. No one seemed to know where I needed to go to take care of it. I wont go into all the gory and irritating details but suffice it to say I was finally able to get it resolved and get my license restored in March of this year. And a lousy $58 was all i had to pay for a failure to appear and citation.

With driving privileges restored I used this site to apply to all of the company sponsored CDL courses with one application. Ive had some great conversations with recruiters and following the advice you folks gave me...I told them the whole story at the start. I don't really know how long I was suspended but I have told them I was chasing it for over 3 years but it could have been as long as 11 years. Several thanked me for interest but they couldn't help. Several others told me to check with them again when i had license back for 6 months or a year. I did receive one which I accepted and will begin school July 2. (side note: Son is home on leave June 12-27 and I wouldn't start until he went back). the only offer I have is from Swift.

My thinking is that I can get my CDL and miles in the next 6-12 months that others want me to wait. Since the overwhelming advice is to stay with your first company for at least a year, I figure i have time to prove to them they were right for taking the chance and i can get the experience ill need if i decide to leave later.

I have been compiling a list of questions. Some for my recruiter (btw some similarities between trucking recruiters and Army recruiters :) but I'm old enough to not believe all of it this time) and some for you folks. I'll post them here if I cant find them within this training manual.

Thanks again for all the useful info.

Oak

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

DMV:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth, O&I. I share a somewhat similar story in getting into trucking.

Two months before I decided to apply for trucking jobs, I got a 15 over speeding ticket, first one in y-e-a-r-s. Some companies said I needed to wait a year, then come back. Swift said "come on down".

That was about four years ago. In that time with Swift, it never entered my mind to switch companies. This is the thought you should have - why get started in one company just to move to another? Make your decision at the start, and stick with it.

As for proving anything, mostly you need to prove to yourself that you can handle the trucking lifestyle. Once you get rolling on your rookie year, you don't need to prove anything to Swift, and they'll keep you rolling. ... And this goes for any major carrier.

Good luck with your CDL training. If you happen to be assigned to the Memphis school, look me up - I'm an instructor there.

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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