Confused About Roehl

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Ken M.'s Comment
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About a month ago I was allowed to voluntarily resign from Roehl cdl school after the first week so that I could learn how to shift gears at a private cdl school and get re-hired by Roehl as a phase one student maybe with an automatic restriction on my cdl if necessary. Towards that end I was given a phase one pre hire letter from the head of the gycdl to present to any private cdl schools. I am in the process of applying for grants to do exactly that. But today out of the blue I received a debt collection letter on behalf of Roehl for $8,700. I am thoroughly confused. I know nothing about the trucking industry and have been reliant on the collective wisdom of TT to get me this far. I am appealing to the higher wisdom of the TT readers to help me understand what is going on and what I need to be doing next. Thanks for listening.


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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Ken. I wish you would have come to us before resigning so we could make sure you were doing the right thing and understood the circumstances. Unfortunately all I can really do for the most part is give advice that will help you in the future but won't do much good right now because what's done is done.

The first thing you should do is get Roehl on the phone and see what they say. I would imagine that bill will be dropped if you return to work for them. Also, the contract you signed and the resignation you signed should have both stipulated the terms of each respectively. The fact that you're not sure what the situation is means you didn't read what you were signing, and obviously that's critically important. So that's some future advice.

Just get them on the phone and see what they say.

Now as far as resigning to go to school elsewhere, what was the situation with that? Why did that happen?

Dustan J.'s Comment
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I agree with Brett, and it could have been an oversight somewhere that will get fixed if they said that they want you to come back later. My first trucking job was with Roehl and I was based out of the Dallas terminal. When I was in their orientation, some guy had just quit after getting his license with them and doing his OTR training. He had only been there a couple months, if memory serves correctly. The only thing that really stuck out in that one was the office staff being all ****ed off about it. I mean, very ****ed off. The guy who ran that terminal was straight up bashing stuff against the wall and screaming profanity. The whole scene was about the money they had spent on him in salary and such during his training. Nice way to ease into a new career, huh?

Hang in there and give them a chance to fix it because they have an army of lawyers too.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.

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