CDL B Local

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Michael I.'s Comment
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I got a CDL A back in 2014 with the Hazmat , Double Triple, and something else (I forget).

I never used it as Im no OTR type of guy - I like to be home everyday, workout, eat properly, and have a life after my 8-10 hours of a work a day.

My question is - if I go get a CDL B here in damn near 2020, will I be able to 1.) Find a decent paying local job, 2.) Handle the truck better because its smaller? (Didnt like driving a 53 footer...was way too big for comfort and I can only imagine being in a tight road needing to manuever).

Im in college - online - and am 12 classes, soon to be 9, away from a Bachelors but the thing is...I dont like people much. I want to work alone. No boss, no coworkers, just me.

Is this all possible? It seems like local jobs are impossible to get...

Thank 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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Banks's Comment
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A class B CDL gives you a few options. Bus driver, trash collector and local deliveries. Local deliveries can be furniture/moving services to homes or deliveries to businesses.

Most of these are 12-14 hour days. From what I see most of these jobs pay 18-22 an hour and they require experience.

I can't tell you how the truck would handle. Everybody has different experiences with different vehicles.

Wanting to be alone eliminates bus driver and trash collector. Keep in mind that doing local deliveries means a lot of different bosses. When you make a delivery to a store/home, that person is your boss.

A lot of the answers to your questions depends on where you live. Get on indeed and Craigslist and see what the requirements are. Most companies will include what they're paying and the hours you're likely to work.

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.
Delco Dave's Comment
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I was looking into a CDL B license to stay local and be home as well. Everything I found requires at least one year experience driving an A or B size truck to be considered. Like Banks said, they pay around $20 an hr, work pretty long days, and require you to interact with customers at each stop, except maybe a dumpster trash truck. There are a ton of jobs in my area(Philly) for class B on indeed. You could apply to all the jobs in your area and maybe someone will give you a shot since you already hold an A license. My friend got a B years ago through a small home heating oil delivery company, but he started as a HVAC furnace tuneup tech with them. They offered him training and let him use their truck for test rather then hire outside company

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.
Seabee-J's Comment
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You could look into driving a mixer or dump trucks for a construction outfit though winter work may be slow . I believe mixers require a N endorsement for tankers in NY , not sure about your state . You could also look into tow truck operations as well .

Michael I.'s Comment
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Thank you guys for your responses. I am curious to know if I can reinstate my CDL A somehow and just go the routes you guys mentioned.

Question is - how do I find these jobs?!? Are they all on craigslist?

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.
Delco Dave's Comment
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I’ve seen these jobs on Indeed, glassdoor, ziprecruiter, ETC... google CDL B Driving jobs in your area and all sorts of links will pop up. As far as license goes, I thought you still had the CDL, if not, you probably have to get permit and test again. A lot of private CDL schools have B programs, they are about 3 weeks and cost $2500-$3500

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.
Seabee-J's Comment
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Make sure you get an updated medical card so you can have your cdl status active . You may have to do a refresher course for the A depending on what job you are seeking.

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.
PurebredCheezehead's Comment
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The fuel company I work for is in Wisconsin (corporate is in Milwaukee) and has branches all the way south to Miami, not sure where you are located. It is not easy physical work but pays decent and benefits are good. Most branches deal with fleet fueling which is empty trucks in lots at night so customer interaction is minimal. I was there a few months before I met some of the other drivers and didn't have to deal with management much unless there was an issue. I went to school to get my Class B license and they hired me right out of school with no experience. I do live the overtime life though with 12-13hr days. Not sure that is something you are looking for if you are going to school as well. Good Luck with whatever you decide!

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