DOT Card & CLP

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Paul Sol's Comment
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I been dragging my feet on this for years but a buddy has been ribbing me "your not gonna live forever" (55). My employer says yeah sure get a CDL we'll put you in a truck, soooo, finally moving in that direction. Picked a school, got the rundown from them, probably faster if I bring a CLP. No big deal. DOT physical, is it pretty easy basically no & eyes are where they need to be & reasonably able? Also, I see in the high road training for the written, it is all broken into groups of "cdl permit" "cdl license" & info "good to know on the job". It's great training btw but is the CLP written ONLY have the basics or might they slip some things in that is only pertinent to one endorsement or another? Because if I could focus only on the "permit" sections I could go for the permit soon, & work on the rest of it later. So glad I'm finally gonna try this for real.

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.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I been dragging my feet on this for years but a buddy has been ribbing me "your not gonna live forever" (55). My employer says yeah sure get a CDL we'll put you in a truck, soooo, finally moving in that direction. Picked a school, got the rundown from them, probably faster if I bring a CLP. No big deal. DOT physical, is it pretty easy basically no & eyes are where they need to be & reasonably able? Also, I see in the high road training for the written, it is all broken into groups of "cdl permit" "cdl license" & info "good to know on the job". It's great training btw but is the CLP written ONLY have the basics or might they slip some things in that is only pertinent to one endorsement or another? Because if I could focus only on the "permit" sections I could go for the permit soon, & work on the rest of it later. So glad I'm finally gonna try this for real.

Hi, Paul Sol (again, haha!)

Yes, indeed... just as you surmised above. It's often worthwhile however, to get any endorsements you can, early on; but for the Hazmat. I'd study for the CDLP (yes, written only of course) and perhaps tanker and doubles , were I you. LTL jobs will be abounding next month! Tanker endorsement may occasionally be needed to haul 'totes' of chemicals in a dry van , due to the viscosity.

Hope this helps!

~ Anne ~

ps: If you copy & paste this in the 'general' discussion category, (yours, not mine, lol...) you'll get a LOT more hits, from the pro's and the mods!

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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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