Roehl Transport--Get Your Cdl Program

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David K.'s Comment
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Today, May 30th, I arrived for orientation at Roehl Transport near Atlanta, Georgia. Training actually doesn't start until June 1st, so I'm here one day early. My Sunday flight was the cheapest available over the Memorial Day weekend, and Roehl was nice enough to allow me to check into the hotel a day early. Trainees must pay for their own transportation to orientation, but Roehl pays for the hotel and for the cab ride from the airport.

If you are interested in my decision to go with Roehl for CDL training, I made a few comments about that here: Looking For A Place To Start

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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Congratulations David! We are looking forward to hearing how you do with your training. Check in when you can with updates. We understand it is a busy time, but if you can keep up a diary there will be a lot of folks who appreciate it later on.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Congratulations David! We are looking forward to hearing how you do with your training. Check in when you can with updates. We understand it is a busy time, but if you can keep up a diary there will be a lot of folks who appreciate it later on.

Today, May 30th, I arrived for orientation at Roehl Transport near Atlanta, Georgia. Training actually doesn't start until June 1st, so I'm here one day early. My Sunday flight was the cheapest available over the Memorial Day weekend, and Roehl was nice enough to allow me to check into the hotel a day early. Trainees must pay for their own transportation to orientation, but Roehl pays for the hotel and for the cab ride from the airport.

If you are interested in my decision to go with Roehl for CDL training, I made a few comments about that here: Looking For A Place To Start

Ditto, O/S !!! ^^^^^

I'm in, following! Congrats on getting there safe & sound...and EARLY!

Are you 'off' tomorrow then, too? Man that was really cool of them to hook you up.

TTYS!

~ Anne ~

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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PS: to my above, darn me .... did you figure out your 'drop lot' dilemma?

Thanks!

~ Anne ~

David K.'s Comment
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PS: to my above, darn me .... did you figure out your 'drop lot' dilemma?

Thanks!

~ Anne ~

Yes and no. With the help of people on this website, I found a few places where I could park, but I do not know, yet, whether Roehl will allow me to park in those places while I am on home time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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PS: to my above, darn me .... did you figure out your 'drop lot' dilemma?

Thanks!

~ Anne ~

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Yes and no. With the help of people on this website, I found a few places where I could park, but I do not know, yet, whether Roehl will allow me to park in those places while I am on home time.

Keep us in the loop!

I know for a FACT that our lil' self storage facility makes a good bit of their $ with their secured 'drop lot' beside the garage thingies! Indeed, last year, there was an occasional Roehl rig. Tom looked into going w/ them back in the 2000's as well... just found other avenues. I'm excited for ya!

Wish you the BEST!

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you.

David K.'s Comment
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Day 1 -- June 1 Roehl sent a van to pick up the GYCDL group from the hotel. Six of us are in this week's class. Today was the only day that Roehl will provide transportation to and from the hotel. After today, we must provide our own transportation. I think everyone, but me, brought their own vehicle, so I will be getting a ride from one of my classmates.

After arriving at the training center, we filled out a few forms; then, all of us, except one, were driven to take another drug test. For me, that was the third drug test in two weeks for Roehl. When we returned to the training center, we took the physical capacity test. I was concerned about that test because the test preparation videos that Roehl sent us included some crouching and duck walk maneuvers that I would have had difficulty performing. The actual test included none of that. Instead, we were asked to perform the basic functions required of any truck driver, such as lifting and closing the front hood, opening and closing the cargo trailer, lowering and raising the landing gear, and checking to make sure that the king pin is locked into the fifth wheel. The last maneuver was what I anticipated would be difficult for me, so I brought a pair of knee pads so that I could get down low enough to check the locking mechanism. Everyone in our group passed the physical capacity test.

After the drug test and the physical capacity test, we completed our I-9 forms, and Roehl issued our Driver Code and Log ID. At that point, we became Roehl employees. For rest of the day, we learned about completing physical logs and the basic regulations for drivers. We were issued a considerable amount of homework, including memorization of the pre-trip inspection. Roehl expects us to take the CDL exam in two weeks, so we will be busy preparing every day.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
David K.'s Comment
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Day 2 -- June 2 Full day of in-class training, mostly about safe driving. We started training on the pre-trip inspection during the last hour.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

David K.'s Comment
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Day 3 -- June 3 We spent the entire morning going over the pre-trip inspection. After lunch, we started to practice straight backing.

Yesterday, somebody in another group was sent home for failing a drug test. All six of the people in my GYCDL group received clearance, today, to proceed with on-the-road training.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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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