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J S.'s Comment
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Have a non compete for the school I'm with earned my cdl permit on my own. I have only completed 2 weeks but the school is no a fut for me. Can I leave and go to another school.

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.
Old School's Comment
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If it's CRST, you'd better figure out how to make it be a good fit. Don't go signing agreements you can't keep!

Look, if you signed a contract, you are bound by it. Nobody wants to touch CRST students right now. Dig in and figure out how to make it work for the duration of what you already agreed to. Then you can move on or stay, but don't do anything out of haste yet.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Nobody wants to touch CRST students right now.

What old school is referring to is the $15 million judgement awarded in CRST favor. CRST claimed Swift was poaching and willing to hire individuals that had signed the non compete. For years CRST has sent letters to other carriers that have attempted to hire drivers who went through the CRST schooling but did not fulfill the obligations of the contract (or pay the tuition). IF your non compete is with CRST either buy the contract out or finish what you agreed to. It will be very difficult getting hired anywhere else after this lawsuit. AFTER your obligation is met (whether completing the contract or buying it out) as long as your license is clean you'll have a ton of companies wanting to hire you.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Just for clarification, having a CDL will not have companies drooling over you. You need atleast 1 year of SAFE driving before you will have much to offer a company. I forgot to add that in there.sorry.gif

AFTER your obligation is met (whether completing the contract or buying it out) as long as your license is clean you'll have a ton of companies wanting to hire you.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Have a non compete for the school I'm with earned my cdl permit on my own. I have only completed 2 weeks but the school is no a fut for me. Can I leave and go to another school.

Here's something to consider: What if you do jump from one school to another and the second one is much worse, "not a good fit"?

What happens then?

CDL schooling is inherently going to prove difficult for most. It's a lot to learn and put to use in a generally short period no matter where.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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J.S. tries a CDL school:

I have only completed 2 weeks but the school is no a fut for me. Can I leave and go to another school.

Here's an idea: Your CDL school has only one job to do: get you ready for your CDL-A test. No matter if it's a company school or one you paid for, the course will be tight, and even strenuous. The course is designed to get you up to speed for the DMV in as short a time as possible. No time for comfort.

So our recommendation is to gut it out, do your best and focus on getting the things down that you need to pass the DMV's pre-trip, skills and road testing. Once you get through this basic training things should get easier. You will still need to get on-the-road training, but that's ususally one on one for four to six weeks. And you'll be getting a paycheck by then. Don't worry about "fit" right now. Do your five weeks, Git 'er done, and you will be ready to take on your new career,

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Andy D.'s Comment
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Solid advice already given.

Most CDL schools are only 3-5 weeks anyway. If you are already going to throw in the towel then you will probably not like this field.

If you want it though...suck it up and finish your obligation.

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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