New Class A CDL

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Andrew A.'s Comment
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Hello everybody! Need some help finding a Class A CDL for new beginner job. I was trained at Roehl just finished and went out with a trainer for a week who was afraid of the shower. I requested a new trainer and got one and before I even stepped on his tractor, I asked do you take showers and his answer was about every 3 days. Needless to say I didn't get on his tractor and Roehl basically said I would have to deal with it. So I dont work with Roehl anymore. So now I have a class A CDL with tanker and double triple endorsement and need to put it to work. Any suggestions or am I going to have to just deal with dirty individuals until I get my own tractor?

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.
SRJ's Comment
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Sorry to hear that personal hygiene caused you to leave your employment with Roehl. May I ask if you are now going to be responsible for paying them back for your training? From what I have read in my search of becoming a CDL driver, this should have been a real concern in your decision to leave. This could get real expensive for you and really stink.

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.
Andrew A.'s Comment
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HA Ha!!! Good One. I already paid them back and now can do what I want. Im not a broke 20 twenty year old . Since you chimmed in do you have any suggestions or are you just full of sarcasm tonight?

SRJ's Comment
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Didn’t mean to come across as sarcastic. Sorry about that. Didn’t infer that you were a broke individual. I was just concerned you may be responsible for paying your training back as you hadn’t mentioned in your initial post you have taken care of that already.

Regarding offering any suggestions regarding your situation, I do not, but I’m sure other members will be willing to assist. Good luck in your search for another company.

icecold24k's Comment
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Well that escalated quickly.

Old School's Comment
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Andrew, why do you think you have to shower on your trainer's schedule? I took way more showers than my trainer. You get a ten hour break each day. You can shower without their assistance.

You'll find that we're going to think you made a hasty decision. Trucking seldom bends to a rookie's desires. Our philosophy says you should hang tough during your training and learn what you can, even if you're not thrilled with the schedule or the trainer. It's a blink of an eye compared to the rest of your career. Trucking is demanding. When rookies are demanding the results aren't typically that good.

Look at where you are now. You spent considerable monies that you didn't have to. You are looking for a job, because you quit a perfectly good one. You probably don't even realize how few companies are willing to hire someone who quit a company sponsored program like you did. I assume you are sensing the problem you have - I mean you are asking for advice.

You're going to find that your understanding of how much demand there is for truck drivers doesn't really include newly licensed drivers who quit while in training. I think you're in a pickle, and it was perfectly avoidable. You're going to have to apply everywhere. You're going to get a lot of rejections. Take what you can and determine to make a real commitment this time. That means stay with it for at least a year, and preferably two.

Please keep us informed on how it's going. We will try our best to help, but you kind of already screwed up. Our friend Marc Lee is in a similar situation. Differing circumstances, but similar issue. You're not a "free agent" in high demand. You're going to be considered a high risk quitter, and those types have considerable difficulty getting hired.

We will give you advice if you need it. Tonight you want to know...

do you have any suggestions

Yes - apply everywhere and expect plenty of rejections.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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Hi Andrew,

Here's the thing I figured out about showers. You should ask to train with a company driver and not an o/o to increase the chance that person isn't a dirty slob.

As a company driver the company pays for your fuel and each fuel up basically equals a free shower. If you train with an o/o they , someof the time, have to pay for a shower out of pocket. And not only that, has to pay for two showers, I believe.

A company driver trainer has no excuse for not showering every day to every other day. I know I did.

Bonnie B.'s Comment
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Maybe Werner

PackRat's Comment
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HA Ha!!! Good One. I already paid them back and now can do what I want. Im not a broke 20 twenty year old . Since you chimmed in do you have any suggestions or are you just full of sarcasm tonight?

We probably won’t be able to help you. I’m not being sarcastic with this answer.

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