Schneider Requiring Me To Get A Chauffeur License?

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Jamie T's Comment
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I'm being hired for a apprenticeship program for class a cdl otr position. Recruiter is asking me to get a chauffeur license when i get my clp . never heard of this before any idea why?

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Jamie T.

I thought that was a strange thing to ask someone do. I checked on line to see why you would need this and this is what it has said:

In general, to become a chauffeur you will likely need to: Meet your state's minimum age requirements. Agree to a background check. ... Have a clean driving history. ... Obtain a chauffeur's license. ... Apply for a commercial driver's license (CDL), if necessary. ... Complete on-the-job training.

Now I could be way off base here but it could be a requirement if you are going through an apprenticeship program. So maybe one of the moderators here know something about it. I do think one of the guys here is a recruiter or used to be. If he sees this thread maybe he can give you some reason that I can't think of. Good luck.

Raptor

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.
G-Town's Comment
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In order to get a valid chauffeurs license, many states require completion of a criminal background check. It’s possibly Schneiders way of backchecking your history without spending any of their money.

This license will also allow you to drive a company van loaded with passengers and further legitimize operation of any Schneider commercial vehicle less than 26,000 pounds gross weight and/or in combination with a trailer with a gross weight less than 10,000 pounds.

That said, overall it might be an insurance requirement as part of the program. If you are so inclined, please try to keep us posted on your progress.

Jamie T's Comment
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In order to get a valid chauffeurs license, many states require completion of a criminal background check. It’s possibly Schneiders way of backchecking your history without spending any of their money.

This license will also allow you to drive a company van loaded with passengers and further legitimize operation of any Schneider commercial vehicle less than 26,000 pounds gross weight and/or in combination with a trailer with a gross weight less than 10,000 pounds.

That said, overall it might be an insurance requirement as part of the program. If you are so inclined, please try to keep us posted on your progress.

I certainly will keep you all posted. I'm planning on making a training diary when I start.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Why don’t you just ask the recruiter? It’s a legitimate question.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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I have a guess (which I suppose isn't worth much): when I went to Schneider orientation/training, they actually hired everyone the first day, something about only employees were allowed to drive their trucks. If you passed, they 'transferred' you to a regular driver, otherwise they let you go. So if they're doing the same for the cdl training, maybe you need a chauffeur license to be employed as a driver while getting a cdl, or something like that.

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.
Jamie T's Comment
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So just a quick update would like to get your guys thoughts I passed my permit test and officially got a job offer with Schneider. I will be out a minimum of two weeks at a time and be paid a flat rate of $140 a day pretty much going to about $1,000 a week. This will be for a dedicated National position which will include Dollar Store which I heard can be a pain. That sounds like a decent deal to me what do you guys think?

Old School's Comment
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I don't think it's a good deal. Those Dollar store jobs are not good for rookie drivers. Put "Dollar Store" in the search bar at the top of this page and do some reading. That's a hard, hard way to get started in this career.

Of course the decision is yours, but I wouldn't touch that account until you had about three years experience.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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At 3 years, I'd balk at a dollar store account. Ain't no way in h3ll I'd do it, but that's just me.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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While we are on the Dollar Store subject, is there any difference in Family Dollar and Dollar Store? A Duie Pyle was offering huge bucks, said all unloading is on roller conveyor.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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