Is Majority Big Carriers Taking New Drivers With An Automatic E Restriction On Cdl A?

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Victor K.'s Comment
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I'm in the process in getting cdl a and its extremely difficult to drive a manual without stalling and jerking the truck and im really thinking about trying out the automatic truck. I've read some forums here that was 3 yrs ago that most major carriers are getting rid of manuals in favor for automatic. I would like to know from anyone that's in one of these carriers had they fully transition to automatics now 2021and they are going to stay that way for yrs to come?

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Yes, all major carriers to my knowledge are 100% automatic with the exception of maybe lease drivers special ordering a manual. Most mega carriers are getting students their CDL with the restriction on it. I don't see them going back to manual.

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.
Jay F.'s Comment
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I debated this very thing when going to school. Before I went I did a lot of Uber driving. We have 2 frieghtliner plants in the Charlotte area, and about once a month I would pick up a truck driver that delivers the new frieghtliner trucks across the country. All of them said the same thing. They rarely see new trucks with a manual. In fact the one guy told a funny little story. He got in a truck to deliver it, and it wouldn’t start. He goes in to talk to the mechanic to tell him the truck was broke down and the mechanic looked at him and said did you try pushing the clutch in. He said it was 7 months since his last manual and he just forgot.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I asked a dealer and only 5% of new trucks sold are manuals. However... Now that you started trucking school some carriers will not accept you until you get the CDL.

I know prime has rejected people for dropping out of CDL school and those who quit other company programs

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Yes, CFI has a 100% automatic fleet.

Victor K.'s Comment
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O i won't drop out since i spent alot of money to get my class a. That's my number one goal.

I asked a dealer and only 5% of new trucks sold are manuals. However... Now that you started trucking school some carriers will not accept you until you get the CDL.

I know prime has rejected people for dropping out of CDL school and those who quit other company programs

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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