Class 1a License Holder But No Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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thanks sir, im guessing they’re better now because since March 15,2019 SGI and Government of Saskatchewan implemented the Mandatory Entry Level Training , here in Saskatchewan , so ok, i want to ask question how do i get experience when companies require minimum 2 yrs. experience??

Ryan;

Have you looked into Bison ?!?

They are one of Canada's LARGEST (and cross border!) companies, and they sure DO have what they call 'finishing training.' Here's the information, good sir:

Bison Transport

It's a start, best wishes!

~ Anne ~

Ryan M.'s Comment
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thank u sir..

Ryan M.'s Comment
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Ryan;

Have you looked into Bison ?!?

They are one of Canada's LARGEST (and cross border!) companies, and they sure DO have what they call 'finishing training.' Here's the information, good sir:

Bison Transport

It's a start, best wishes!

~ Anne ~

thank u mam, i’ve tried inquiring before and they said they dont accept older license 1A holders, and also that i got ****ed off i message them on facebook with bad reaction because they didn’t want me because my license is old and im worried that they wont even consider me, what can u advice mam??

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ryan starts out:

i had my 1A license since Apr. 2016, the driving school i went thru at that time wasn’t reliable i mean, they offer cheap course, basically they just taught me how to pass the test, so by the time i graduated i wasn’t confident to drive for an employer, fast forward to 2020 now 2021, ...

There the rub. It seems you didn't get a job driving for five years after you got your CDL. Even a six month gap between your CDL date and starting to look for a job is a problem.

I understand you felt "not ready" to drive. But if you found out that companies would get you that real On Job Training you could have been driving right after you got that license.

Suppose you went to a medical doctor for a pain in your knee. You get to the office and find out your physician got his M. D. five years ago but then mowed lawns for a while before seeing patients.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Ryan, you have put yourself into a difficult situation. We try to teach people all the time that they need to get right out there and get themselves a trucking job as soon as they finish trucking school. You have expressed complaints that the school you went to wasn't reliable. We've already proven that wasn't the problem. they helped you get your license. That was all they are there for. They didn't advertise that they help you gain confidence, but that is why you say you never started driving - lack of confidence.

Five years have gone by. Have you ever sat down and calculated the wages you have missed out on? All of a sudden you are wanting to drive now. Where did all this new confidence come from? It's actually not confidence that is motivating you. There is nothing that you've done that will build confidence. So... I'm afraid nobody here believes it was really the lack of confidence that caused you to delay your start.

There is this old saying that says, "You reap what you sow."

Here's what you have got to do at this point. You have to start over. You have got to repeat step one. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to go through a complete trucking school course again. You may get by with what we call a "refresher" course. I am not all that familiar with how things are done in Canada. You mentioned this...

since March 15,2019 SGI and Government of Saskatchewan implemented the Mandatory Entry Level Training , here in Saskatchewan

You obviously don't meet their requirements anymore. You have a license that is worthless. You know why also. (It has nothing to do with the school you attended.) You can get ****ed off if you like. You can complain and gripe if you like, but none of that does one bit of good toward your goal of driving. You have to start over and get some sort of training. Go through the necessary process if you want to drive. Nobody reputable is going to hire you right now. You represent nothing to them but a huge risk. You will have to start over and do it right this time.

Go though the necessary steps, and don't delay between step one and step two. We wish you every success this time.

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

Ryan M.'s Comment
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thanks, i will try to contact a employment agency if they can help me for funding, thanks for the great tip, sir, yes i will do it right this time..

Ryan M.'s Comment
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yes, when i graduatef i had trouble finding a truck driving job in my area i was 20 yrs. old, my parents wouldn’t let me go otr because ny dad said its hard and there’s pressure, he only got like 1 year experience too but right now he’s not driving tractor trailer, he’s driving school bus part time and then he works his regular job friday-sunday, umm fast forward, i’ve work with different jobs since i graduated cause i couldn’t get in and in 2017 i tried to go back to school gor heavy duty technician but i got sick so i didnt graduate, gained weight 2018 bcause of the medicine i take respiridone, fast forward now 2021, im wanting really to drive a trailer truck but couldn’t do otr because my dad says no still and because he says there’s pressure.. so im considering to take a refresher course to the driving school that i went to, but what should i do ..

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I got sick so i didnt graduate, gained weight 2018 bcause of the medicine i take respiridone, fast forward now 2021, im wanting really to drive a trailer truck but couldn’t do otr because my dad says no still and because he says there’s pressure.. so im considering to take a refresher course to the driving school that i went to, but what should i do ..

Ryan,

I'm not sure how old you are now. So I looked up your medicine after your comment about your Dad says no still. Are you in active counseling/treatment? Being that you are in Canada, I don't know what the rules are for the medicine you are taking but you will have to see if it's an allowable medicine while being a driver. If not, then you will need to talk with a doctor about changing meds to one that is acceptable. That should be your first step. Then follow up with a talk with your Dad about how you want this and what your counselor says. I feel that is your Dad's concern. Hang in there...it's a process that needs to be taken care of.

Laura

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Ryan M.'s Comment
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im taking respiridone at the moment but im ok now, i really want to drive truck and get paid visiting places,soo..

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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im taking respiridone at the moment but im ok now, i really want to drive truck and get paid visiting places,soo..

Ryan,

I'm not familiar with Canada's laws. I don't even know who Canada's governing agency is for professional drivers. That is who you have to check with.

There are medicines in the U.S. that will not allow you to drive. For example, my heart went into AFib and I had to go on blood thinners. Had my doctors put me on Coumadin which is Warfarin, I would not be able to drive. My doctors and I talked about it and I got put on another blood thinner that is approved by DOT.

Sooo...you need to see if your medicine is approved for a driver in Canada. Then you have to realize that companies don't have to accept an approved medicine. You can submit applications and those companies that are interested in you, talk to them ahead of time and see if your medication is one they will allow.

Laura

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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