CDL School (Should I Bother?)

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Don W.'s Comment
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How's it going everyone, Considering getting my CDL soon

Little background about myself, I'm 26 and grewup in the Boston area. Still residing here, working Demo for the past 5 yrs.

Ive recently been looking into getting my cdl and getting out of hard labor. I love driving and have always thought about a career in trucking. Then comes my criminal past

I currently have 1 reckless driving from 3 yrs ago, and 4 separate charges from 1 yr ago which will all be dismissed this May. (Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 2 A&B on an officer). Bad traffic stop involving a bb gun(mistaken for an AR15) and 2 cops trying to wrestle me with no warning. I Won the case and they'll be dismissed in May. I'm on probation til May. I have a clean record other than the Reckless driving.

Should I bother dropping the money to get my CDL? Will the Reckless driving be a big hinderance? Are the dismissed charges going to ruin my chances of landing a job if I get my CDL ?

I appreciate any advice wholeheartedly . I love driving and would love to get into trucking. I pray these charges aren't going to be a roadblock to this but I understand if they are. Figured I'd get the lowdown before I start looking for schools .

Thank you in advance

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.
JuiceBox's Comment
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If I were in your shoes I'd call some companies I am interested in and explain my circumstances and see if they would hire me or not.

Andrey's Comment
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There are many companies that will train and hire if you meet their requirements. Just go ahead and apply, then make a choice. Good luck!

Keith A.'s Comment
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I don't have the links handy, but in your case you absolutely do not want to spend your own money getting your CDL through a private school -- start applying to companies, and see what they say and whether they're willing to hire and train you.

Going through a private school to get your license in no way guarantees you will end up with a job on the other end. That reckless driving might be a trick one for them to work around, I honestly can't speak to the rest, but it may not look appealing to a prospective company.

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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Wait. If you won the case on the four charges, why are you on probation? Did your attorney make a deal?

My guess is that’s the deal breaker right there. No company will touch you until the probation is complete. Also, companies will go on a case by base basis. Assault and battery on a police officer is not a good reflection on yourself.

I would apply to

Apply For Paid CDL Training

And see what you get back

Do not spend money to get your cdl...it’s likely you are not eligible for hire to a lot of companies

Good luck

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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If I were in your shoes I'd call some companies I am interested in and explain my circumstances and see if they would hire me or not.

Holy COW, stranger~!!!!! ^^^^^^

I ALMOST put YOU on the M.I.A. list, hahahaha~!!

Hay, Don W. here's more for ya: (((READ THE 2nd link.. Brett's book!!!)))

.... and I TOTALLY AGREE with JUICEBOX (dang dipper he is) and NAVYPOPPOP. . . don't EVEN mess with the WAIO stuff they may offer through DJFS .. . a CDL is worthless without a place to use it. You ALSO, Keith A. (good to see you around again, also!) >>>Agreed. Above are the links, haha!

Andrey, you tell'im ~! Western Express is in apps/ the list above; Dutch Maid here in Ohio isn't on the list 'yet' but you could apply directly. They are gracious as well; just not sure about location.

Wish you well, good sir.

Welcome to trucking, and TRUCKING TRUTH~!!!!

~ Anne ~

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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.
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