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KJ's Comment
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After a lot of lurking and reading everything I can, I went and got my CLP with all the endorsements a few weeks ago. I got a starting position at Roehl's get your cdl in GA in April. I then began the fun runaround with trying to get my dot medical applied to the clp, which it seems FL dmv doesn't do, at least the this county's dmv (Suwannee). After 3 trips back they finally got permission to apply it, so I guess I'll see what happens Monday morning

Here's hopin' :)

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

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.

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.

Army 's Comment
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Good Luck....hope things start out well for you. Looking forward to following your journey.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

KJ's Comment
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Got a call from Roehl this morning. My medical shows up on my mvr now, so I now have a start date for April 8th. Now, the wait...

⏰ 😪

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

KJ's Comment
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Just finished my 2nd week. Stayed late to work out the preflight. Until Wednesday the instructor kept telling me to slow down, stay straight longer before turning, etc. All the signs of trying to finish the turn too fast. Doesn't help that my prior driving experience includes ambulance and courier jobs, or owning motorcycles 😁. I've operated cars, trucks, bikes, jeeps, boats and planes. I had to flush out all but flying to get through the past 2 city driving stints and backing time with no complaints. With aircraft, how it ends is determined by how you start. I had to learn to slow down in a hurry and so far, so good.

End of next week, we test out with "Sarge". Should be a blast.

PackRat's Comment
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Great to read your update. Wishing you continued success!good-luck.gif

KJ's Comment
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Just finished testing with Sarge. He had nothing bad to say. So I have my CDL now 😎. He did his characteristic distract and ask about passed signs thing, which I nailed. The pretrip was for the trailer, while the rest of the group got the driver side door area. I nailed the straight back and offset but needed 3 pullups on the 90, which I one-shot that morning. Oh well. At least it's done. Now I just have the ordeal of the driver trainer (I'm an introvert, I hate having company). The sooner it's over the better 😫

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job!!!!!

PackRat's Comment
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