No Driver's License During Driver Shortage = Workable?

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Nicholas L.'s Comment
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Please don't take offense, y'all vets and mods; I can actually 'see' the O/P's viewpoint here!

Don't worry about it Anne, I knew I'd get razzed on coming in here asking those kinds of questions, I just needed to make sure since the lady who gave me that incorrect info was really adamant that she was right and who better to ask than the horse's a- I mean, mouth? Heh heh heh..

Anyway, you crazy kids get back to yer truckin' and don't blow a tire on our crumbing infrastructure now, y'hear? Mayhap I'll be seein' ya in a year or so.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John S.'s Comment
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Nicholas,

Not that it's any of my business, but I'm curious. Why would you go through graduate school, and then decide to be a truck driver?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Please don't take offense, y'all vets and mods; I can actually 'see' the O/P's viewpoint here!

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Don't worry about it Anne, I knew I'd get razzed on coming in here asking those kinds of questions, I just needed to make sure since the lady who gave me that incorrect info was really adamant that she was right and who better to ask than the horse's a- I mean, mouth? Heh heh heh..

Anyway, you crazy kids get back to yer truckin' and don't blow a tire on our crumbing infrastructure now, y'hear? Mayhap I'll be seein' ya in a year or so.

LoL, Nicholas !

We sure NEED the humor (on here & everywhere!) anymore!! On a serious note:

Would it be partially feasible to JUST GET your Class E license, and maintain it for a few months, and then .. with all this 2/7/22 legislature coming fro; maybe you WILL have a leg up (or at least in?) I actually DO see your point, IN A POINT. You did good by asking us in here, and I don't really think you got RAZZED at all. Nobody ... and I mean NOBODY really knows WTF with so much.... DOT , FMCSA , and Brandon. It's a bit'o'random to be honest.

I'd honestly go get your regular DL for under 80 bucks (at least here in Ohio) and yes, Ohio has 'waived' the need of a permit, for over 18 drivers, for Class E ... for the time being, anyway. Might be something about Driver's Ed in H/S; not sure.

Have you seen this? FMCSA Fast Track

Seriously, good sir..... continue on your path, but GET your regular license first .. and just 'wait' ... (sadly) as legislature changes in this industry, to the nines!

Read some of my favorite websites, for CDL drivers: CDLlife.com, TransportNation.com, TheTrucker.com, OverDrive.com ....and there are many more. Get your feet wet in just knowing, understanding, and following the industry somewhat. Heck, you might actually be driven away!

Ya know, some of the ole'hands on TT ... remember Lobos? They did JUST that...took TOTAL greenhorns with no license, et al, and leased them trucks, and MINIMALLY gave them a CDLA . They folded bad & hard. Look up old threads; him & Brett went ROUND AND ROUND!! It was a circus.

On a final thought, if you live in Chicago or some parts of California, you 'might' be able to find a gig that would push you through ... as you contemplate. Would it be legit? Probably not, totally. Would it be shady? Indeed. Would you get another job with a pristine company like Prime, after this episode? Never.

I'm understanding you .... I am. If you can even just get the Class E FOR NOW .... you'll be leaps & bounds ahead. Come 2/7, ... you might JUST get something in the works, besides gaslighting!

Wish you well. Nobody is Razzing you, man. It's a confusing industry/profession, these days, good sir!

~ 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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Andrey's Comment
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Why would you go through graduate school, and then decide to be a truck driver?

Although the question was not addressed to me, I can easily relate it to myself and suggest two main reasons: first, truck driving pays better than most of college jobs requiring a PhD, and second, for many people trucking job environment is much better then what one has to deal with in modern American academe.

PackRat's Comment
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Nicholas,

Not that it's any of my business, but I'm curious. Why would you go through graduate school, and then decide to be a truck driver?

Why not? Some of us have more than one advanced degree.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Please don't take offense, y'all vets and mods; I can actually 'see' the O/P's viewpoint here!

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Don't worry about it Anne, I knew I'd get razzed on coming in here asking those kinds of questions, I just needed to make sure since the lady who gave me that incorrect info was really adamant that she was right and who better to ask than the horse's a- I mean, mouth? Heh heh heh..

Anyway, you crazy kids get back to yer truckin' and don't blow a tire on our crumbing infrastructure now, y'hear? Mayhap I'll be seein' ya in a year or so.

Please don't misunderstand my question. I was not trying to razz you or give you a hard time. I don't know anyone that has never driven a car nor held a license, it was an honest question. Most everyone I know had their license at 16 or 17 and owned a car. I've always had at least 1 car since I was 16. I guess in the big cities their isn't as much need for a car.

If I'm not mistaken each states CDL licensing is done through their State Police/DMV or equivalent, I'd recommend calling them and ask the same question.

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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Nicholas,

Not that it's any of my business, but I'm curious. Why would you go through graduate school, and then decide to be a truck driver?

Probably because he realized truck driving ROCKS!!!!

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