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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Do you know if they hire inexperienced drivers for shuttles, my dad finally looks like he has had enough management and will be getting his CDL back in spring. Was looking for options for him since he doesn't want to do OTR.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Yes, they do. Search on Rob T’s PFG diary and subsequent posts.

Do you know if they hire inexperienced drivers for shuttles, my dad finally looks like he has had enough management and will be getting his CDL back in spring. Was looking for options for him since he doesn't want to do OTR.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Thanks!

Do they make the shuttle drivers load and unload? After years of being a mechanic his back isn't up for a lot of box moving.

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks!

Do they make the shuttle drivers load and unload? After years of being a mechanic his back isn't up for a lot of box moving.

No, they do not.

Building and breaking down the set is the extent of the physicality involved with the shuttle operation.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Congrats Gtown! Does your terminal have the shuttle drivers and drivers that unload in the same seniority list or are they separate?

Out of Rock Island illinois terminal they were the same pool and actually had some drivers flip flop due to bidding routes every 6 months. Summer time they'd run doubles , winter time switch over to unloading. It's been 3 years since I left and I believe they got a new contract in that time.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Rob T wrote:

Congrats Gtown! Does your terminal have the shuttle drivers and drivers that unload in the same seniority list or are they separate?

Out of Rock Island illinois terminal they were the same pool and actually had some drivers flip flop due to bidding routes every 6 months. Summer time they'd run doubles , winter time switch over to unloading. It's been 3 years since I left and I believe they got a new contract in that time.

I was hoping you’d reply at some point! Thank you!

Currently there are two doubles drivers running dedicated shuttle for Swedesboro NJ OPCO. I run south with 2-4 loads, the other driver runs north with same. I start at 4-5pm and finish anywhere from midnight-5am. We just signed a new contract last month. Effective immediately.

My remote yard is in Harrington DE.

Thanks for checking in! Safe travels.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Congratulations! 🎉 I really want to get out of NJ myself. Looking further south though, maybe Florida.

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