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Elijah B.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, let me start off and say that I've been on the forum for quite some time reading. I made a choice going onboard with CRST which I've figured i no longer wanted to do. I got my class A permit from them but at this time I dont want to finish the school, most importantly because I dont want to do team driving and sign a contract that might be really ****. Im currently sitting on 3 options that I can think of which is either Going home and paying CRST back the $850 for lodging, food, and transportation and look for a slightly decent better company than CRST. Getting my CDL through a 3rd party test exam (I just recently found a tech school that provides trucks for the exam). Or sticking it out with CRST.

And in terms of pay i know that CRST pays enough to pay my bills (I hope) im not really complaining about that..

And as a little back story, I Have stopped smoking weed for the past 4 months and continue to stop for at least 2 years while i am out trucking.. Just wanting to be honest about what my options would be

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.
Army 's Comment
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Hello

So you went to the school, signed in, got your permit and then had a change of heart about team driving? Are you still at school going through training? Did you sign your contract yet, and did they give you that dollar figure of 850 or is that what you calculated you owed? Did you pass the UA test? Why did you feel the need to let us know that you haven't been smoking weed for 4 months?

Just some questions that stand out, that I am sure the Mentor's and Moderators will probably have.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Looking forward to the replies here.

Elijah B.'s Comment
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Hello

So you went to the school, signed in, got your permit and then had a change of heart about team driving? Are you still at school going through training? Did you sign your contract yet, and did they give you that dollar figure of 850 or is that what you calculated you owed? Did you pass the UA test? Why did you feel the need to let us know that you haven't been smoking weed for 4 months?

Just some questions that stand out, that I am sure the Mentor's and Moderators will probably have.

I passed the UA and have my permit, the $850 was from the first contract that i signed, it was for the lodging, transportation and food they provided that is it. The need for saying that I wasnt smoking is because there are certain companies that does Hair follicle testing and i would rather apply to those companies after I am 1 year into the business.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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Ok, so are you still training with them? When do you have to sign a new contract, ie probably the one that requires a year of OTR to pay for your schooling?

They really preach the paid CDL schools here.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Did you do any research at all before going to school with CRST?

You say permit--do you mean a CLP or the actual CDL?

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.

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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Did you do any research at all before going to school with CRST?

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PackRat's Comment
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Did you do any research at all before going to school with CRST?

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Well, I mean everything, everywhere states, "TEAM DRIVING".....confused.gif Not like it's a new concept they're trying out.

Elijah B.'s Comment
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Not sure why there are difficulties answering a simple question. My friend who drove with CRST got in with millis and my initial plan was to drive with him so of course i knew it was team driving.. All im seeing is clowns trying to get a laugh when im looking for a solution but at this point im better off finding the answer for myself.

Have a blessed day

Old School's Comment
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Elijah, you already laid out your three options. I'm not sure what you think you need from us.

Your best option, will need to be determined by you. We can't make that decision for you.

Surely you can understand why we're more than a little confused. Did you just wake up one day at CRST with an epiphany of some sort? I never encourage team driving for newcomers. I think it's a bad model for learning this career.

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