Renting A Truck To Get CDL

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Tammy B.'s Comment
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Does any of you drivers know of a place that rents or loans their truck to get license in the state of GA? There is so much riding on this. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Old School's Comment
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Tammy, we need some information. We never recommend trying to get your CDL on your own without going through a private school or a Paid CDL Training Program. Usually it's only folks who are trying to do this on their own who need to rent a truck.

Can you help us out with some more information, or maybe some background of why you have the need of renting a truck for testing? What are you planning to do with this CDL once you get it?

Are you aware that any legitimate company who is willing to hire an inexperienced driver is required to have a current training certificate on file indicating you have successfully completed a combined 160 hours of classroom, observation, and driving of a class 8 vehicle?

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.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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When I read this the first thing that came to mind was when I went to get my school bus endorsement I had to retest in a school bus. The company I was going to work for happened to be a state authorized testing center as well. They offer for a fee the use of their bus or tractor trailer for an additional fee as well as give you the test. Your state may have similar testing agencies as well.

As far as a 160 hour certificate goes I am unfamiliar with it. I can tell you there are some companies out here that will hire you and train more than that in house between time in orientation, classroom and driving time prior to you going solo. Actual driving is where you will see most improvements.

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