Leaving CRST After Training

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Errol V.'s Comment
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You're essentially an indentured servant

I decided to comment on this before I got to Old School's reply.

True, "indentured" means you owe somebody something. But on the flip side you got what you wanted, first. Most of us learn about "indentured servants" in middle school, learning about people who's trip to the New World was paid for by someone else. Then the arrangement was that you were supposed to work off that debt. (Let's not get sidetracked into how that deal often turned out.)

These days you simply contract to work off your debt by making payments/ payroll deductions over about a year on your new job/ career. That is not indentured servitude.

As O.S. points out, in modern times we work with contracts which should benefit both sides. Did you ever finance a car purchase? The dealer made some money and you got your wheels. This is the same as contracting for your CDL school: the company gets a driver, you get a job.

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.
Joseph L.'s Comment
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I have a question for you guys. I am currently in school for CRST. However, due to my mother being sick (lung cancer) while here at school she has been recently hospitalized. Is it possible to get my CDL and go back home and still pay back CRST without affecting my chances of getting another job? I wanted to go on board but my mother has fallen ill and is at the hospital because she needs close monitoring. I really can’t be out for 4 weeks only to be home 4 days, I’m really scared of loosing my mother while I am gone.

You need to speak with your recruiter explain your situation about your mother. I assure you that your training, contact and everything else involved with your CRST career takes a back seat to your mom's health. They are going to tell you go be with your mom and when your ready give us a call the door will remain open

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Lalo I concur with most every response to you.

Communication is the key to working this out with CRST. Be open and honest about your situation and don’t wait. CRST wants drivers, yet like any company, comprised of human beings that should (hopefully) offer some compassion and arrive at a reasonable solution.

Everyone of us in here understands that life is a series of detours that many times take us by surprise.

Please keep in touch with the forum. Best wishes.

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