Driver Shortage

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Keith J.'s Comment
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I am an unemployed former felon. I read the stories about the truckers shortage every day. I'm 52, mature, and looking to have a little for later. I have tried every school to get admitted. Strike 35 your out. I just want to ask any of you guys if any of you know how to find a school or company sponsored cdl training that won't tell me to get lost. I already am. My felonies are from 2011, and 2005. I'm not a person who will give up easily. But I'm thinking that maybe the restrictions are just the only reason to give it up. I don't think I'm the only person who has got in trouble after making a poor choice. I feel like there is something I could do. Like I said I'm not a quitter. Could one of you if you have been through this, give me advice.

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.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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How old is the felony? Check the TSA website here to see if you would be disqualified from getting your hazmat endorsement. CFI will give people a second chance and they will train you. If you can get your CDL Carolina Cargo is a team company that gives people second chances. Western Express and CR England are two other companies who train and give second chances. I hope that helps. Good luck.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Cold War Surplus's Comment
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You've got several options. Find a company you like, apply and drive safe! To save you some time:

Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons

Paid CDL Training Programs

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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And dont be discouraged if you need to take a lower pay at first. get your foot in the door, be productive for a couple years and prove to higher paying companies you mean business. by that time the felonies will be mich older and might not mean as much to some.

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