CDL Training Funding Update - Getting It All!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Got the final decision today on my (informal) appeal to the initial (formal) grievance I filed relating to the promsed-but-not-delivered funding for my technical college CDL school.

In two words "I won!"

As initially promised, my tuition, books and supplies, testing, licensing costs and even commuting mileage will be paid and/or reimbursed within the limits of the program!

This means my almost $1,800 balance will be paid to the school along with the almost $800 I have already paid (which the school will ultimately refund to me).

Commuting mileage will be paid up to 5 miles over the shortest route (initially paid, then rejected because they concluded it was less than 25 miles round trip). This was reversed when I pointed out that construction along the shortest route the entire time and an extended "bridge out" closure made the route impractical.

Tuition was initially promised, then funding ran out (but more was coming), then I was told "if I started class before the new funding arrived they couldn't pay for it." The initial offer in response to my grievance was they would pay the outstanding balance only.

It looks like (assuming it is allowed) I will get the $150 paid to the DMV for the tests, costs to get my CDL issued ($114) and the cost of the HazMat background check and fingerprinting fees (about $55) . All in I think I stand to get back $1,200 - $1,500 or so, and my $150 / month installments go away!

I couldn't be happier! (In this area anyway).


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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.


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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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That's great news Marc dancing.gifdancing.gif !!!!

Marc Lee's Comment
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That's great news Marc dancing.gifdancing.gif !!!!

Thanks Bruce!

Perseverance pays off!

G-Town's Comment
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Good for you Mark.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Good for you Mark.

Thanks "G". (Is it OK to call you G?)

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