I Never Should Have Given Up My CDL Back In 2016. Ugh.

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David F.'s Comment
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AZ seems to be going out of it's way to make it frustratingly hard to get my CDL again. The company I'd go to work for hauls HazMat tankers. Well, AZ won't let permit holders drive tankers (must be empty) that have hauled HazMat unless they've been purged. There goes the plan of having a company truck for the Drive Test. Hmmm. confused.gif

Unless the company happens to have a purged tanker sitting in the yard, I'm pretty much out of luck on that option.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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David, I am fairly certain that is a rule that most states have. Your company knows that, so I would think they will try to accommodate you.

How is it that you are trying to get your CDL? Is someone willing to hire you without a training certificate? That in itself is highly unusual, if not suspect, in today's business climate.

Is your company going to hire you with a new CDL and no training certificate, then have you pulling HazMat tanker loads?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

David F.'s Comment
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Is your company going to hire you with a new CDL and no training certificate, then have you pulling HazMat tanker loads?

I had 10yrs of driving experience, including 7 in gasoline tankers. When I moved into Dispatch, I let my CDL lapse. I then left that company and went to work in a call center (yuck). Not for me. One of my old drivers is a lead driver at the new company and they are willing to hire me. I just need to get my CDL back and go through their orientation/training/road testing. And some intensive practice before the CDL Road 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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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David, it just seems odd to me. You don't have any recent experience. That is the kicker when it comes to getting you covered by an insurance company. I hope you are being careful with your choice of company. This just sounds really suspect. Most reputable trucking operations will require you to go through some sort of trucking school for a refresher course. They will be required by their insurance carrier to do this. They will also be required by the FMCSA to have your certificate on file in the case of an audit.

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

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

David F.'s Comment
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That was my initial thought as well. I figured I would need to do the school route just like the first time around. I'll see what happens and go with my gut instinct. If I have to do school and commit to a year contract, so be it. If that happens, I'll be spending lots more time going through the Diaries and posts to see who is the best to go with.

I'll post either way, however it goes.

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