General Question About Endorsements

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Thomas D.'s Comment
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Are there any endorsements I shouldn't be worried about getting?

David W.'s Comment
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Unless you need it for your company, I found hazmat a waste of money

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

Thomas D.'s Comment
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That's what I was wondering, I see some companies require it, and other's have no mention of it. I wouldn't be adverse to getting it, but like you said, if you don't need it why bother with it. Seems the same with passports, TWIC , doubles/triples too. I understand that NOT having them will hamper me later on down the road, but just starting out, well I don't know enough to know...

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rhino's Comment
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If your planning to ever go ltl u will need all of them.

That's what I was wondering, I see some companies require it, and other's have no mention of it. I wouldn't be adverse to getting it, but like you said, if you don't need it why bother with it. Seems the same with passports, TWIC , doubles/triples too. I understand that NOT having them will hamper me later on down the road, but just starting out, well I don't know enough to know...

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Turtle's Comment
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No, you don't necessarily need the endorsements. But for the paltry sum of $5 apiece for each written test, why not go ahead and get the simple endorsements, making yourself more versatile and marketable in the process?

The background check for the HazMat endorsement will cost upwards of $175ish, however. Still a small price to pay for the increased potential, in my opinion.

Just another angle to look at it from.

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

Rhino's Comment
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Huh when I got my hazmat I only paid like 80$ Guess depends on location ?

No, you don't necessarily need the endorsements. But for the paltry sum of $5 apiece for each written test, why not go ahead and get the simple endorsements, making yourself more versatile and marketable in the process?

The background check for the HazMat endorsement will cost upwards of $175ish, however. Still a small price to pay for the increased potential, in my opinion.

Just another angle to look at it from.

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

Turtle's Comment
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I guess so. $175 for me here in NY. Lousy communist state

Rhino's Comment
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Agreed. I couldn’t live there nor Cali.

I guess so. $175 for me here in NY. Lousy communist state

Thomas D.'s Comment
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No, you don't necessarily need the endorsements. But for the paltry sum of $5 apiece for each written test, why not go ahead and get the simple endorsements, making yourself more versatile and marketable in the process?

The background check for the HazMat endorsement will cost upwards of $175ish, however. Still a small price to pay for the increased potential, in my opinion.

Just another angle to look at it from.

And that's why I ask questions. I was always told the only stupid question was the one you didn't ask. Yeah, for that small price, it's worth it. Never can tell what opportunity will come along, and already having them would be a head start.

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

Banks's Comment
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The background check for the HazMat endorsement will cost upwards of $175ish

That's insane. It's about 35 in Pennsylvania for the TSA assessment and 30 to take the test when you renew your license.

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

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