Retired Engineer Wants To Get Into OTR Trucking, But Having No Success.

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Old School's Comment
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As far as the question of it being a starter company goes....it both is and isn't.

Given that they'll train you (and pay for the mistakes you're going to make in the first 6-12 months), by the strictest definition, it is. That being said, there are plenty of drivers who come to the Wilson family of companies with plenty of experience in the field

Those same remarks can be said of all these companies that people refer to as "starter companies." The term is a misnomer. Drivers created it and I'm sure it will be with us forever. There's no such thing as a trucking company who made it their business model to be a "starter company." Each of them has a core group of professional drivers who keep them on track for earning the slim margins the transportation business is known for. They gladly assist new drivers in the hopes of developing a few new professionals in the process.

Are Major Trucking Companies Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett 's Comment
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I was out of work for about 3 years also, due to health issues. I got hired by Veriha Trucking out of Marinette Wisconsin. They are a good company and have different driving options, as far as how long you want to stay out on the road. They just added an entertainment division, where you go on tour with bands/artist hauling gear for concert/shows

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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