Would Major Carriers Still Hire You Yrs Later After You Got Your Cdl License?

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Victor K.'s Comment
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Im asking because i am going thru something with family and want to know if they will still hire you afrer you got ur cdl but didn't use it meaning not doing any driving jobs for at least a yr or so. I heard from some ppl u supposed to immediately get a trucking job or they won't hire you. Idk if they are telling the truth so i need advices.

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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Victor, that's what we refer to as a stale CDL. It would be most unusual to get hired like that. They like to see recent experience or a recent graduation from driving school.

Many training programs offer what they call a "refresher course." That's probably what you'll have to do.

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.
Marcin M.'s Comment
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I have similar situation. I graduated and got my CDL January this year but due some personal/family issues I could not start driving. At the moment I am in hiring process from ODFL, have offer letter, did all paperwork, road test and waiting to start training. I had a back up plan to start driving with Schneider. Looks like they would hire me, Western Xpress, SWIFT are eager to take me as well. Only CFI so far wanted me to go back to school, go for training with them and sign 1 year contract. That is the situation now but it might change in the future.

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.
Navypoppop's Comment
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I agree with Old School on this one. A refresher course would be the best way to get back in the game. Just be determined to do your best for any company that makes you that offer and stick with them for at least a year before thinking about moving on.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I was trained by Schneider but only drove solo for 4 months. Then I went off the road for 2 years to care for family issues. Now those issues are resolved and Schneider is honoring their re-hire offer. Never give up hope. Drivers are needed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Moe's Comment
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Check out May Trucking , we are hurting for drivers, not making any promises, but I had issues in 2020 as well with family and even had a job that didn’t work out, actually had two trucking jobs that didn’t work out prior to joining, I’ve been here since April 2021 now…. As was stated never give up hope and now in 2021 with the labor shortage of people willing to work, you’d be surprised.

The old rules aren’t applying much like they used to, so barring anything major like DUIs, wrecks, wreckless driving etc, plug away at it. Something is bound to pop up for you.

Im asking because i am going thru something with family and want to know if they will still hire you afrer you got ur cdl but didn't use it meaning not doing any driving jobs for at least a yr or so. I heard from some ppl u supposed to immediately get a trucking job or they won't hire you. Idk if they are telling the truth so i need advices.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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