Prime CDL School, Tanker Endorsement?

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Markg's Comment
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Hi all,

I've been working on finding a sponsored school and I think I've settled on Prime as my number 1 choice. After talking with a recruiter about my permit testing, she said that I would need a Tanker Endorsement to attend the CDL program. I've been reading a lot on this forum and there is a unanimous consensus that rookies driving tankers is a very bad idea. I'm now concerned that Prime will try do exactly that and send me out with a tanker. I would just like to know if anyone has had a similar experience with their program or if that is common practice at companies with tanker divisions? Any advice or recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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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This type of tanker endorsement is for hauling large containers of liquids: water, paint, chemicals.

Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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MarkG,

I had the same conversation and same concern.

It's not necessarily for pulling a full size tanker trailer. You may haul liquid or gas containers that require a tanker endorsement:

Missouri CDL Manual.

A tank endorsement is required for any commercial vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials in a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or chassis.

When do you plan on pulling the trigger?

I got my DOT Medical Certificate today and already have my Hazardous Material Clearance letter from TSA. Plan to take the CLP February 15.

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.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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They aren't going to force you to drive a tanker. You need the endorsement for liquid totes which are hauled in a reefer or dry-van trailer. You'll drive in the division you choose.

Take it easy and don't overthink this stuff. You've probably been reading too many horror stories on the internet. Try bringing us your questions and concerns. We can help you. There's a ton of Prime drivers in here. They're more than willing to give you the straight scoop.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Prime requires everyone to have tanker. The test is fairly simple. But make sure u understand what a portable tank is, and no it’s not on wheels! Size and weight limit. LOL!

DC 's Comment
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I am a new Prime Driver..

Old School gave you the proper answer..

I have tanker and hazmat endorsement, but drive reefer.

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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