Determined South Florida Noob....

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Travis N.'s Comment
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Howdy y'all, I've been hanging around here for a while and being the avid reader that I am I have pretty much read this entire web site. I would like to thank everyone here for all the great advise they give and the wealth of information that is available on this website. Also I have gone through the high road training page a few times and believe I am more than ready to take my CLP test. But first things first come Monday morning I need to make an appointment for a DOT physical after that I will make the appointment for the test. I do think I have a few hindrances namely I've spent the last almost four years helping my aging parents ( My mom passed away from breast cancer and my dad had cataracts removed and a knee replacement.) Before the caretaking I mainly worked as a carpenter, also I have a nine year old DUI. Other than that debacle my driving record is a blank piece of paper. And last but not least my location being Jupiter FL ( Burt Reynolds home town btw ) But I think with enough determination and grit these things can be overcome. So my plan is to apply to all the companies that have their own CDL school and hire below I-4. I have compiled a list and also made note of what companies I see when I'm on I-95. If I fail to get offered training by these companies I will attend Sage trucking school in Ft. Pierce which is affiliated with Indian River State College and that will open up a whole different group of companies that don't have their own schools but offer tuition reimbursement. Does that sound like a good plan?

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi, Travis & welcome to Trucking Truth!!

INDEED that DOES seem like a great plan. I know the Florida 'debacle' in and of itself, well. I 'grew up' in Manatee county. I've been a 'trucking brat' all my life, LoL!

A family member drove for LCT (Lester Coggins) back in the day, out of Okahumpka (sp?) .. in the 90's, and they ARE, in fact . . . defunct.

More companies SEEM to be hiring out of Florida, these days.. not a bad thing! So WHAT if you drag oranges or flowers on your backhaul, right ?!?!?

Not sure who all you've looked into; did you apply here?!? : Apply For Paid CDL Training

Also, CFI is going through some major changes; obtaining Transport America and portions of UPS . . . and will become TFI at some point, soon. Read some posts by Big Scott, if you haven't already.

Do you have any one on your 'short list' yet?

I'm looking forward to having you here on TT, and the veteran drivers & mods will be along shortly!!! (I'm just a driver's wife & wannabe, for 20plus years, haha!)

Ttys!

~ Anne ~

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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Travis;

Big ps: Cypress in Jax, FL . . . is hiring south of I4, and is paying $500/week during their 7 week training! Yes, they are mostly flatbed, but . . . heard from family that they DO haul some boxes.

Another 'food/company' for thought!!

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Travis N.'s Comment
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Hi Anne, Thanks for the warm welcome and the tip about Cypress. This weekend I'm going to be doing some more research about which companies with in house CDL schools are hiring way down here in the deepest of the deep south..lol. And hopefully I can get my physical and take my CLP test before the end of next week, after that I'll start applying.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne, Thanks for the warm welcome and the tip about Cypress. This weekend I'm going to be doing some more research about which companies with in house CDL schools are hiring way down here in the deepest of the deep south..lol. And hopefully I can get my physical and take my CLP test before the end of next week, after that I'll start applying.

Most welcome, Travis!

It IS beautiful, down by you, though! I used to deliver boat propellers, zincs, and underwater shafting for General Propeller/Miami Propeller back in my 20's . . . went thru YOUR neck of the woods often!!

When you get to studying, be sure to use our HRTP, here:

Brett's book is a great read, too!

Best wishes; stick around & ask away!!

~ Anne & The TT group! ~

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

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