Speaking Of Werner, This Article Is From Yesterday.

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Brian's Comment
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A deaf trucker had a CDL and a FMCSA exemption. EEOC says Werner should have hired him

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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To be honest, there's nothing noteworthy about that article. That kind of lawsuit happens 1,000 times a day. Someone applies for a job they don't get or they get fired from a job so they sue the employer. That's not news. In fact, there hasn't even been a judgment about it and Werner hasn't made a public statement.

Most of the companies I'm familiar with won't hire anyone who has quit their first job within a few months because they're almost certainly going to do it again in a few months. In fact, most of the Paid CDL Training Programs won't hire anyone who has been through another program but hasn't fulfilled their contract or completed their first year for the same reason. So it doesn't surprise me at all that Werner didn't want to hire someone who only made it four months in their first job. That person clearly doesn't understand how this industry works and they'll probably just quit their next job and their next job in a matter of months.

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.
Brian's Comment
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I'm surprised you can be deaf, and operate a tractor trailer to begin with.

Old School's Comment
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I'm surprised you can be deaf, and operate a tractor trailer to begin with.

Well, you're right - you can't. But, there are exemptions available for people with disabilities. It's a somewhat arduous process to get one of these, but we have at least two, maybe three, of our members in here who have gone through the process and got an exemption. Each of them are driving trucks today. I have a friend who is a CDL driver who is deaf. He doesn't drive OTR , but drives a mobile crane truck - he's a crane operator.

But, I completely agree with Brett, this is the kind of stuff these internet news sites like to throw out there so that it looks like some greedy corporate trucking executives are doing some poor disabled fellow wrong. Nothing will come of this. There's way more to the story than what the news feed put out there for people to read.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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We have a driver who is deaf. He's a safe and excellent driver who's been with West Side many years. We also have a mechanic who is deaf. They use a hearing aid. It's a non issue. As Brett said, that guy had other problems.

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