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Gareth M.'s Comment
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I have a question I'm originally from the UK now living in Texas have over 15 years driving trucks in the UK have done otr ,flat bed, reefer ,double deck, extendable trailers etc. I haven't taken my CDLA here ... Yet and apparently my skill set doesn't transfer across the pond I guess it can't swim, my question is, is there a company that offers training on the job for those that want to do home daily driving I see loads for otr etc

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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1st MOST importantly, you must have a had US drivers license for 1 year minimum......

After that you can apply and get trained here. Company sponsored schools, work best, because you can have a job with them right after you get your CDL.

Private schools do NOT guarantee a job once you're done with them. They are ONLY out to get your $$$ and fill seats in the classes.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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1st MOST importantly, you must have a had US drivers license for 1 year minimum......

After that you can apply and get trained here. Company sponsored schools, work best, because you can have a job with them right after you get your CDL.

Private schools do NOT guarantee a job once you're done with them. They are ONLY out to get your $$$ and fill seats in the classes.

Indeed about the USA D/L.

Start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training and look into CFI, as well.

Many companies have 'refresher' courses, whereas . . . your overseas experience may actually MATTER, significantly. I've known this to happen for a bloke & his wife, from AU.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Stevo ... hope all is well!

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.
Michael P.'s Comment
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I have nothing of value to add to the conversation, but I do have a question.... What does OTR look like in UK? Southern England to Northern Ireland is 15 hours. How often do you get home time over there?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Gareth M.'s Comment
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I have nothing of value to add to the conversation, but I do have a question.... What does OTR look like in UK? Southern England to Northern Ireland is 15 hours. How often do you get home time over there?

Hi Michael, I can't answer for everyone as obviously different companies have different set ups I was based in Scotland so I was home every Friday then back out first thing on a Monday. To give you some perspective the whole of the UK fits inside Texas about 2 and a half times!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Gareth M.'s Comment
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Hi Stevo, Thanks for the feedback have had my my US drivers license for about 4 years now, am guessing company paid training is the way to go then just bide my time till I find what I'm looking for, next problem is trying to get the right company to start with.

1st MOST importantly, you must have a had US drivers license for 1 year minimum......

After that you can apply and get trained here. Company sponsored schools, work best, because you can have a job with them right after you get your CDL.

Private schools do NOT guarantee a job once you're done with them. They are ONLY out to get your $$$ and fill seats in the classes.

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.
Gareth M.'s Comment
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Hi Ann, Thanks for the links I shall look into those, the reason I said about my skills is when I first started looking for work I applied to FedEx as a parcel delivery driver gave them all my references they told me they couldn't verify them despite having the email addresses,so idk maybe laziness on their part.

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1st MOST importantly, you must have a had US drivers license for 1 year minimum......

After that you can apply and get trained here. Company sponsored schools, work best, because you can have a job with them right after you get your CDL.

Private schools do NOT guarantee a job once you're done with them. They are ONLY out to get your $$$ and fill seats in the classes.

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Indeed about the USA D/L.

Start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training and look into CFI, as well.

Many companies have 'refresher' courses, whereas . . . your overseas experience may actually MATTER, significantly. I've known this to happen for a bloke & his wife, from AU.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Stevo ... hope all is well!

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.
Gareth M.'s Comment
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Also worth noting that the UK trucks are limited to 55mph or at least they were last time I drove one

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I have nothing of value to add to the conversation, but I do have a question.... What does OTR look like in UK? Southern England to Northern Ireland is 15 hours. How often do you get home time over there?

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Hi Michael, I can't answer for everyone as obviously different companies have different set ups I was based in Scotland so I was home every Friday then back out first thing on a Monday. To give you some perspective the whole of the UK fits inside Texas about 2 and a half times!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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