It's Been A While..

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Pianoman's Comment
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I'm sure some of you remember me from a couple years ago. I still see some familiar faces on here and it's good to be back.

Last anyone on here heard from me I was driving for a local company here in Colorado and starting to make some pretty good money. Well I let it get to my head and bought a nice car and got careless. I was always careful in the truck but got a pretty bad speeding ticket on my way to work one night and that ended things for me for a while. At the time I wasn't too sore about it because I was getting pretty bored with driving but with the way the last couple of years have been with Covid having a huge impact on the economy and certain jobs/professions I definitely regret my carelessness as I got pretty behind financially just trying to make ends meet during the pandemic.

Fast forward a couple of years and I'm looking to get back into driving and thankfully several companies are willing to hire me since some time has passed since that ticket. What have I missed the last couple of years? I've somewhat kept up with the industry and saw that some of the HOS rules have changed. Also looks like most companies have raised driver pay quite a bit. Anything else I'm missing or need to know?

Unfortunately that ticket cost me my license as it was suspended on points and I wasn't able to get it reinstated in time because the DMV I needed to go to was closed so much during the pandemic, so I'll be taking a short refresher course and retesting to get my cdl A back in a few weeks.

Good to see y'all and hope to join you on the road soon.

- Paul

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Pianoman, it's great to see you back. Sorry to hear you had those difficulties. I'm sure you'll work through them and make it to the other side.

The only real changes are the ones you've already mentioned. HOS rules have been tweaked to favor the driver, the most important being the ability to extend your 14 when needed. The ability to satisfy the 30-minute break while on duty has been especially helpful for me.

Pay has definitely been increased across the board, from what I'm seeing. In fact, just yesterday I heard that a substantial raise is in the works for my company as well.

Glad to see one of the OG back in here. Good luck with getting back in the game.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Glad to hear from you. Sorry you ran into problems. That's a good lesson for others.

I don't know what companies you're looking at. CFI does hire on a case by case basis.

Good luck.

PackRat's Comment
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Great to see you back on here!

If you're still near Denver, we have a dedicated WM DC account just north in Cheyenne you could consider. That's what I've been doing for the past two months and I really like it.

Whatever you decide, I hope you land on your feet with much success. Don't be a stranger on here.

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Jamie's Comment
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Great to see you back on here!

If you're still near Denver, we have a dedicated WM DC account just north in Cheyenne you could consider. That's what I've been doing for the past two months and I really like it.

Whatever you decide, I hope you land on your feet with much success. Don't be a stranger on here.

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Hey now! Don’t forget about the North Platte account! I run on a dedicated route specifically from North Platte to Denver and back every night. 😂

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Davy A.'s Comment
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I know the speeding ticket struggle all too well. Knight has regional out of Denver, out for 6 or 8, in for 2. Assuming from your name you play. I have a nice portable studio on the truck.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Pianoman's Comment
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Man it's good to hear from y'all again after being gone for so long. I'm definitely open to considering any and all types of gigs for the most part so thank you for the heads up about those gigs. I'm applying more or less everywhere and right now I'm actually trying to get on with Sysco as my old team driver has been driving with them for a couple years and enjoys it. I scheduled myself for a day of training at a cdl school in a couple weeks and testing out the next day. I'm hoping it'll all come back really quickly (training is super expensive even for just one day). Most companies I've talked to don't care if I go through a course or not as long as I get my cdl back since I still have some recent experience. We'll see how it goes.

And yes Davy I play. You should take a pic of your setup and put it on here. I grew up playing classical so I don't have much of a studio lol, just the piano

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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