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Gary K.'s Comment
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Hey all, I've been a solo for 28 years.. (25+ as O/O, but now a Company Driver) The last 3 years I brought my wife and she does my ELD.. (I couldn't go out without her) But now my son is ready to join the team, but carriers are putting up barriers to having 3 in the truck because of seat belts.. To be clear, the DOT regs do not have a maximum number that can be in the truck, but everyone needs a seat belt.. Bunks these days have sufficient webbing to act as safety restraints.. So, my 2 questions are; Are there any companies that allow a passenger to ride with the team? And, would we have more flexibility if we go to the local community college for my son's training and licensing, or do a few companies offer the respect and pay that would garner my attention while bringing my son in with dignity?? .

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Companies are very safety concerned, and won't let the extra passenger. Are you saying your son is 21 and ready to be a truck driver? If so, there are many companies that offer Paid CDL Training Programs, including several not on this list. Also, unfortunately this list is outdated. So, you might want to contact the company directly. Many have the info on their website. If not he and your wife might have to take turns with you.

Hope this helps.

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.
Gary K.'s Comment
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Thanks, Big Scott.. My wife doesn't have a CDL or even a DL for that matter.. So, as you point out, she is only a passenger.. But to me, she represents my ELD Tech Support.. :) You are correct that many companies think of three in the truck as a safety issue.. One company considered her an asset if she also had a CDL.. But as a 4 foot 7 inch filipina I think 80k pounds is a bit intimidating.. ;) Thanx for the thoughts.. And keep safe out there.. (We have time for that)

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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