Just A Bit Confused 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Izet B.'s Comment
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Hello fellow truckers! New here and future trucker 🙃. I should’ve gotten in the industry long time ago since I love driving and drove through 43 States and bit of Canada and Europe! Anyways I applied to couple of places for training and CR England snatched me first 😁, I got DOT certified and did the General Knowledge Friday after studying until 3 am and passed Air brakes and Combinations this morning! So I have this nice piece of paper long overdue, but proud of myself lol. What I am concerned about is all the bad reviews I read about this company 😐 I am supposed to drive out to Valparaiso soon to school, but comparing them with Pam and Roehl seems like Roehl is the best route! People are telling me not to go with England, so at this point I don’t know what to do...Permit is valid for only 180 days so decision has to be made soon! Can I just pay them for DOT and go with other places? Will my DOT still be valid even though it was sent from certain company...? Any input and help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you and wish you all millions of miles🙃

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Don't worry about bad reviews. However, if you haven't signed any sort of contract yet, you are free to go where you like.

Try posting questions like this in the "General Discussion" section. You've posted to the "Diaries Section," and I'm afraid a lot less people will see it here.

C.R. England gives a lot of higher risk people a chance to prove they can be productive truck drivers. Unfortunately many of those folks only prove why they were high risk in the first place. Those bad reviews are all written by the folks who made an attempt, but fell short of the mark.

All trucking companies have their share of malcontents. Unfortunately the internet has no way of identifying them as being their own worst problem.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Here's a picture I just took at the Pilot truck stop in East St. Louis, IL. I think this driver will counter any "bad review" concerning CRE on the www. Obviously he's been there a few years! The company must have treated him well for a long time.

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Izet B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply, I apologize for posting in the wrong section! No contract signed yet, I have an offer from a company a friend drives for, all I need is a license so thinking about going private route I might call sage that’s literally a mile from the house and see what they charge...If I can’t do that then I’ll just sign the contract and say fck it 🤷🏻‍♂️

Don't worry about bad reviews. However, if you haven't signed any sort of contract yet, you are free to go where you like.

Try posting questions like this in the "General Discussion" section. You've posted to the "Diaries Section," and I'm afraid a lot less people will see it here.

C.R. England gives a lot of higher risk people a chance to prove they can be productive truck drivers. Unfortunately many of those folks only prove why they were high risk in the first place. Those bad reviews are all written by the folks who made an attempt, but fell short of the mark.

All trucking companies have their share of malcontents. Unfortunately the internet has no way of identifying them as being their own worst problem.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Izet B.'s Comment
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Wow! Yeah this guy must’ve been there a while...I guess someone that’s been around since the 20’s can’t be that bad!

Here's a picture I just took at the Pilot truck stop in East St. Louis, IL. I think this driver will counter any "bad review" concerning CRE on the www. Obviously he's been there a few years! The company must have treated him well for a long time.

0629129001580059791.jpg

Errol V.'s Comment
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Izet, yes, the information you are looking for is better stated in the General Conversations section. But no prob.em here.

Yes, the CDL PERMIT is valid for 180 days. And it can be renewed for another 180 days with no problem. We advise you to choose a company first, one that offers a Paid CDL Training Program. That way #1, you do not have to pay at the start and #2, you almost have a job when you start school! I believe Sage is a school only, and cannot actually promise you a job on completion. Also, location is not important. A company sponsored training program will send you to the right place.

A warning: I understand your second post,

I have an offer from a company a friend drives for, all I need is a license

might mean your friend drives for a smaller company. Be positive that as a new CDL driver the company that hires you will provide additional road training, for at least 4 - 6 weeks before you are a solo driver.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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