Going Otr With Spouse

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Leon H.'s Comment
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Couple of questions I hope someone with experience can help with. My spouse received an owi (operating while intoxicated) 14 months ago. She now has her cdl reinstated, but cannot get a job due to this offense being so recent. We had a goal to become team drivers, but are running into a bunch of brick walls. I have had my cdl and driving experience now for a year, without any violation or tickets. Our thinking was that I would go solo with her as my rider, but that now too seams to be a brick wall, as most bigger companies will not allow a rider with a valid cdl.... does anyone have any suggestions on how we could make the otr thing happen for the two of us? Thank you in advance!

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I don’t see why it would matter what license a rider has as long as he/she is strictly a passenger.

Lots of companies out here, so keep contacting different ones until you find the one that will best fit you two.

Army 's Comment
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They are probably concerned she will attempt to drive. Since she got a dui , why doesn’t she downgrade her cdl and ride along?

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rick S.'s Comment
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Pretty much ALL companies will not allow a rider that's a valid CDL holder - for reasons hinted at above. Because of the potential for the "rider" to get behind the wheel.

Your spouse can DOWNGRADE her CDL, and it should be OK. At the point where she becomes eligible to hire, she can re-upgrade to a CDL. Chances are at that point, she will have to go through training again, since she lacks experience to just jump behind the wheel.

Rick

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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