My 10 Year TT Anniversary...

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Rick S.'s Comment
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I guess 9 years 12 months = 10 years?

Aside from Brett - think I'm the oldest "still active member" on the board (despite a vacation here and there).

Background: I went to CDL school at a local County VoTech 10 years ago. Lack out hires out of the region, and personal stuff - kept me from hitting the road. Every time I think I can make the break and get out there, something gets in my way (health, business, personal), so here I sit. Aside from living somewhere that getting a hire with a decent starter company is near impossible (no thanks, CRST, not interested in teams).

I still have a PTX endorsed Class A, TWIC Card, etc.. I've done a little driving since then (mostly equipment moves for friends - hauling stuff up to central FL for auctions, etc.).

Still keep up on DOT/FMCSA regs, I'm a consummate (obsessive) researcher (hence the nickname: Rickipedia). Talk to a few board members on a fairly regular basis.

Maybe one day - I'll find myself out there - but I'm still HERE, ten years later...



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.


Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


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.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Rick! Thank you for all your great input here. I've learned much from you and I view you as one of my instructors and trainers. Good luck going forward!thank-you.gifthank-you-2.gif

Anthony's Comment
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Congrats on a well deserved accomplishment and achieving what many haven't !

I know how it feels to have hit 17 years into the water treatment field. As you said, constantly keeping up with the ever changing laws, customers, and responsible for fellow mates is a task in itself.

Hopefully myself and others can make it to that goal in the trucking industry as you did.

God bless

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'm just about at 7 years! (Profile is incorrect)


PJ's Comment
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Congrats Rick.. That is an awesome milestone. I appreciate reading your stuff. Keeps me current. I’m closing in on 6 years I guess. Sure doesn’t seem that long though. I too have periods of disappearing


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Old School's Comment
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Rick, it's really great having you in here!

Thanks for all your contributions.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Very cool man! It certainly is great having you back again. You definitely raise the level of our conversations and dive into the details like no one else.

G-Town's Comment
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Congrats Rick. Glad you’re back.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I no longer have to wonder... "What would Rick say?" smile.gif Glad to see you are back.

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