Austrian Trucker Babe In The US For TV Show

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Lisa T.'s Comment
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Hi Guys, my name is Lisa and i work for a TV production in Austria. I´m responsible for a TV show named "Trucker Babes Austria" where we accompany girls on trucks at their work. This summer we will start into the third season and we want to send one of the girls and her trucker-husband to Amerika for a few weeks, so they can achive their biggest dream - to drive a truck in the USA. Now i need your help: is it even possible to drive a truck non-commercial for maybe just one or two days? I´m thinking about a truck transfer from A to B within the country without a freight or something like this... If you have any ideas how i could get this things managed PLEASE let me know!! Maybe you know someone who knows someone wo has a private truck we could borrow, i am happy for every single idea of you guys :)

Thanks a lot!! Greetings from Austria, Lisa

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Unfortunately I don't they would be able to do it legally without a lot of effort. You need a special license in order to drive a truck on the highway, even if it's empty. In order to get that license you have to start by either having citizenship or a work Visa. Then most states require that you live here for a year and have a regular driver's license before you can qualify to get a commercial license to drive a truck. At that point you have to pass written and driving tests to earn the license.

It would take a huge effort to make it happen legally.

Lisa T.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I don't they would be able to do it legally without a lot of effort. You need a special license in order to drive a truck on the highway, even if it's empty. In order to get that license you have to start by either having citizenship or a work Visa. Then most states require that you live here for a year and have a regular driver's license before you can qualify to get a commercial license to drive a truck. At that point you have to pass written and driving tests to earn the license.

It would take a huge effort to make it happen legally.

thanks for your reply! Both have a truck licence and many years of experience also international but only in europe. As far as i found out their truck driving licence is accepted in the US when they drive non-commercial. They just have to turn it into an international driving licence. But if i get you right then it isnt possible at all to drive the truck non-commercial, right? When you say they need a special licence to drive a truck on the highway, do you mean a different licence than a truck licence which they have anyway?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've never heard of an international license. I know the U.S. is very strict about truck driving licenses. I don't know if something like that would be accepted here or not. You would really have to speak with someone with the Department of Motor Vehicles to learn more about it.

But if i get you right then it isnt possible at all to drive the truck non-commercial, right?

Whether or not you need a commercial license depends on the size and weight rating of the truck itself. To drive a tractor trailer, even if it's empty and not being used for commercial purposes, would require a Class A Commercial License. Here is more information about the license:

Who Is Required To Get A CDL?

The part that pertains to tractor trailers is this:

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.

I would be pleasantly surprised if the U.S. would accept any sort of an international license.

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.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

GCWR:

Gross Combined Weight Rating

The GCWR refers to the total weight of a vehicle, including all trailers.

Jeremy's Comment
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You would be surprised at the “trucker babes” we have right here in america i would think that would be your easiest way to get this done

Bruce K.'s Comment
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What about the possibility of getting your BABE a Commercial Learner's Permit and teaming her up with a duly licensed CDL holder?

I hereby offer my services, but I want the BABE to be close to my age group (let's say 35 to 55), shapely, long hair, able to work long hours, etc. And I want photos in advance so I can pick out the one I deem most suitable. Maybe we can work out a wedding of convenience so the BABE can get a green card. Have your people get with my people to work out the details.

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.
Viking's Comment
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What about the possibility of getting your BABE a Commercial Learner's Permit and teaming her up with a duly licensed CDL holder?

I hereby offer my services, but I want the BABE to be close to my age group (let's say 35 to 55), shapely, long hair, able to work long hours, etc. And I want photos in advance so I can pick out the one I deem most suitable. Maybe we can work out a wedding of convenience so the BABE can get a green card. Have your people get with my people to work out the details.

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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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Lisa I'm not familiar with that show, but as Brett pointed out there is alot of work involved in being able to drive in the US even though the drivers have experience driving. The laws and regulations are different here I'm sure. For this show is it possible to use women truck drivers that are already in the US? I'm not sure how that would affect ratings. It sounds like you may be trying to do something similar to what "Ice Road Truckers" did. Different countries and roads and see how the drivers you've become familiar with handle the different difficulties they face.

Rob T.'s Comment
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For this show is it possible to use women truck drivers that are already in the US?

To add to that, if it's a possibility we have a few women drivers here who I feel would be great candidates. They show exactly what professionals in this industry are all about. However their company policies may prohibit something like that.

Susan D. 's Comment
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What about a fire truck or possibly a farm tractor trailer that stays within 150 miles? No cdl needed on farm trucks, am I correct? I know Kentucky doesn't require it for farm trucks. What about other states?

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.
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