New CDL Hiring

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Jerel W.'s Comment
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I recently obtained my CDL on my own. I took my permit test at the Texas DPS, learned pre trip inspection, straight line backing, offset, parallel, and basic driving skills, passed my road test in a rented tractor, and am now a new CDL Class A holder. It’s been a little difficult for me to find a company that hires drivers with no road experience. My question is which companies hire drivers with newly obtained CDLs, AND felons. (My felony is over 10 years old, non-violent nor drug related) I’m not sure how the process in this case would work. Any insight on my situation would be helpful. 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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Your best is to apply everywhere but you do have some red flags for potential employers. First is your license. Most companies require you to go through schooling of some sort that amounts to 160 hours. We all feel Paid CDL Training Programs is the best way to go. That's impressive you were able to get all the skills necessary to pass the test on your own. Great job. Unfortunately it's the trucking companies insurance companies that are requiring it. Second thing causing issues is having no experience. Many companies require atleast 1 year of experience before willing to take you on. The brightside is that if you can get on with a mega carrier such as Swift, Prime, etc. They're frequently putting drivers into the seat that have no experience. They have a well established way to help you become a safe, profitable driver if you follow what they teach. Third is the felony. Having a felony isn't a death sentence in this career in most cases but it will eliminate some options. Take a peak at this link of companies that Hire felons. I highly recommend you use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and see who offers you a shot. I wouldn't be surprised if they want you to go through their schooling and do everything from scratch (minus the state test).

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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How recent is your CDL , Jarel?

As Rob T. stated, you may need to start from scratch. Hopefully not, if you can get employment with a major carrier within less than 3 - 6 months since obtaining your license.

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.
Jerel W.'s Comment
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(Didn’t know anyone replied, had to search for my post) Thanks for the input guys, I figured it would probably come to having to train with someone regardless, and that’s understandable not having any actual experience. I’m fine with a road trainer, just hope to avoid the actual school part that will leave me in debt with the company for no reason. I’m gonna check those links and see what I can find, hopefully within the next month or two. Thanks again.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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