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Roger S.'s Comment
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Early in my working life I was an owner/operator hauling steel and LTL in Canada. I was later a company driver hauling dump trains, flatbeds and LTL. Since that time I became a career-long fleet manager , responsible for several large commercial fleets operating in Canada and the U.S. For the past 12 years I've been a fleet management consultant but I'm now seeking to "change gears". I've never forgotten the good experience I had as an OTR driver and wish to return to it now. Since I let my class A CDL drop (I had no need for it as a fleet manager) and realize I'll need to go through the whole process again. I am also a classic car collector/restorer so I thought my combined trucking and fleet management experience and knowledge of classic/exotic cars would be of value to a classic car hauler. Anyone advise or suggest to me which carriers I should approach? Is there a way to get my CDL sponsored via a trucking co.? Any advice would be appreciated greatly !

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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WWW.MCCOLLISTERS.COM is a good place to start your search.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Good morning Roger, There are plenty of trucking companies that will provide you with CDL schooling... just click here to get started: Company sponsored CDL schools

If none of these companies work for you, nearly all the others offer tuition reimbursement; also, this list may not be comprehensive, so feel free to contact a company and inquire if they have their own school, if you like one that’s not listed here.

Re: car carriers, there’s not much information here, because no one with experience has contributed much. I can tell you that in my travels around the country, I’ve seen very few classic cars being hauled around, so I would think that it’s a very specialized niche that might be difficult getting started in. Anyone paying to have their classics moved is probably going to want someone with experience as well, recent experience, driving a big truck and hauling cars with a big truck. You might consider making that more of a long-term goal of yours. Good luck getting back in, hope this helps.

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Roger, Welcome to our forum. Since you haven't held a CDL nor driven a CMV in over a decade, most companies will treat you as someone with no experience. This is not a bad thing. We offer everyone our starter pack.

While some of this may be easy for you, using the High Road to study for your written test will help you pass. Then we have a list of Paid CDL Training Programs. There are more companies that offer these programs that aren't on the list, for example I was trained by and drive for CFI. Good luck jumping back into this.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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