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Evette D.'s Comment
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I'm not sure if my former company (a mega refrigeratored carrier) will give me the whole truth but....I drove thru their company-sponsored program from Jan. 2016- Nov. 2016 (10 months). I quit before my 1year agreement and unfortunately became reliable for the tuition cost. Came home decided to drive school bus & license was downgraded to class B with the M-restriction. Now It's been 18 months since I drove T/T and my old company says I can come back however I would have to go thru their training again to get back my class A.

But I'm wondering about the tution....will they just revive my old loan or will they tack on a whole new loan (tuition) to me---doubling my cost??

Again not sure if I should go back thru former company program or just pay for private CDL school...

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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You definitely should not pay for private schooling in my opinion. You've already driven for a while. All you would have to do to get your license back is retake the CDL tests.

If you went back to your original company they would certainly work out the tuition situation with you. You will get the new agreement in writing, whatever that turns out to be. Keep this in mind - they want drivers. They want you back. They're going to try to make an agreement that will bring you back.

At the same time, you need to get that license back and no one is going to be a better way to get there than the company that's already familiar with you. They'll fast track you through their program because they need you out there on the road making money for them.

So talk to your original company and find out exactly what the terms would be on your tuition if you returned. They won't be able to give you exact terms on how fast you'll move through the program because that will depend on you. But believe me, they're losing money while you're in training, they're making money once you're out on the road running solo and moving freight productively. So they're going to want that license in your hands and have you in your own truck as quickly as possible.

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.
Evette D.'s Comment
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Great, thanks a lot!!good-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gifsmile.gif

You definitely should not pay for private schooling in my opinion. You've already driven for a while. All you would have to do to get your license back is retake the CDL tests.

If you went back to your original company they would certainly work out the tuition situation with you. You will get the new agreement in writing, whatever that turns out to be. Keep this in mind - they want drivers. They want you back. They're going to try to make an agreement that will bring you back.

At the same time, you need to get that license back and no one is going to be a better way to get there than the company that's already familiar with you. They'll fast track you through their program because they need you out there on the road making money for them.

So talk to your original company and find out exactly what the terms would be on your tuition if you returned. They won't be able to give you exact terms on how fast you'll move through the program because that will depend on you. But believe me, they're losing money while you're in training, they're making money once you're out on the road running solo and moving freight productively. So they're going to want that license in your hands and have you in your own truck as quickly as possible.

good-luck-2.gif

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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