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Floridatrucker's Comment
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Hello all, I been researching a trucking career and been looking into company sponsored CDL training, bet it seems like all the good companies aren’t taking students out of Florida. Is there any way to get on with say prime, tmc while maintaining my Florida residence and Florida license? Thank 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.
G-Town's Comment
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Swift has a terminal in Ocala and is the primary Walmart Dedicated transportation partner running Store deliveries out of the Winterhaven DC.

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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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Looks like you are looking for flatbed carriers?

Cypress Express has paid training and for sure hires in almost all of Florida? Have you looked at them?

Papa Pig's Comment
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Steve L.'s Comment
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Where in Florida are you?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime is no longer taking from FL. sorry

Floridatrucker's Comment
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Yeah I know prime ain’t hiring out of Florida, I follow cb, chad and a few others from prime, just looking at my options for company CDL training, I don’t wanna go to a company and it be crappy training and what not that’s why I mentioned prime and tmc.

Steve l. I live in Jacksonville

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I know CRST runs a school in Jacksonville. Just be aware that CRST is ALL team. Some drivers like teaming, some don't. I dont think your location would cause too much trouble with how far north in the state you are. My suggestion is Apply For Paid CDL Training (click it for a 1 and done app) and see who offers you a spot. Then decide where you want to go.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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There’s a lot of freight between JAX and Savannah ports. I would think there’d be lots of driving jobs in the area.

I live in the panhandle and hired on to Schneider straight out of school. You might need to redefine what you consider “good companies.”

There’s a school near you. I don’t know the name, but I’ve passed it a bunch of times. Maybe talk to them and find out who hires out of their school. You don’t have to sign up, just maybe see if there’s any partnership between them and reputable companies.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Floridatrucker's Comment
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On the CDL application on here it asks about accidents I’ve not had any accidents with any vehicles but I have slide on ice and insurance paid for the damages minus my deductible would that count as accidents if the insurance pays for say a weather related incident. I’m just asking so I know what to put on the app I have 2 comprehensive claims but no accidents on my insurance record

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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