RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

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Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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My trainer said his trainer drank beer on the truck during 34 hour resets and said I was welcome to do the same.

Nope. Not gonna take the chance.

The only time I've drank since I've started is at home and I don't drink for 24 hours before I get on the track.

PackRat's Comment
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My trainer said his trainer drank beer on the truck during 34 hour resets and said I was welcome to do the same.

That trainer of yours......SMH

Chris L's Comment
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If I'm not mistaken the BAC threshold for a profressional drivers is .04 and the FMCSA is looking to reduce it further to .02. If you have alcohol on your vehicle while you are loaded and get stopped by DOT it's a big problem.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I don't know about other companies, but at Roehl if they are paying for the room it is considered the same as their property so the same rules apply as if you were at a terminal. It isn't free time if the company is footing the bill. Good luck in the future and don't give up.

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.

Moose Holland's Comment
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Well, Moose doesn't drink, sir. So, he would never have such an issue in CDL school. Now if the trainer I would have to bunk with stinks of BO, that is a whole nother horse of another color. Bunking with 60 snoring/farting men in basic training in one open bay was a bummer but the drill sergeants never put up with funkiness. At least one smelly troop I know got threatened to have a wire brush used on his nether regions by the guy in the smokey the bear hat.

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.

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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