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Jessica M.'s Comment
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Soooo I’ve been debating becoming a driver for a long time and I’m looking into it now. Mainly I’ve been talking with Roehl because I can’t wait a check, but I digress. I’ve gotten an email from the recruiter telling me to get in touch when I’m ready for the dot and the permit test but she’s terribly hard to get ahold of. Can anyone tell me how long the process takes? I mean if I get those two things done by next week, will I be starting that next week? I want to start ASAP though of course I’m also worried because I’m not very strong and I need to like pull and push a thing. I can prolly do it I’m just nervous about getting out to WI and like falling over during a squat and being sent home you know!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and welcome!

everyones process can be different. i sent my app into prime on satuday, got my bus ticket on wed and was on the bus to MO the following saturday. so one week only!

i assume the push pull thing you are talking about is an agility test. we had to lift weights and climb a few rungs of a ladder. i wouldnt worry about it unless you are unusally weak, like disabled. if you drive reefer , it doesnt matter as.much as flatbed. those tarps are 100 pounds, but Turtle mentioned a few women who rig the truck with pullies to lift the tarps.

where theres a will theres a way.

i would try calling the recruiter and email one more time and then call a recruitment supervisor to see whats up. be sure you have all your documents in order... a state sealed birth certificate, not one from the hospital. your social security card. if u have a passport bring it. your marriage/divorce certificate, W2 for the last 3 years, pay stubs from the last 3 pays, and a voided check.or paper from your bank for your direct deposit.

if you have any criminal background issues, bring any paperwork showing charge dismissals.

do you have any medical issues such as prescriptions? some drugs are not approved by all companies. hows your blood pressure and sugar levels? that seems to be a big issue.

what about your DMV record? is it clean for the last 3 years?

do you have any past DUIs or criminal convictions?

do you have a solid work history? they dont like job hopping

these are all.things that come into play that trucking companies take seriously.

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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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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