Keim CDL Training "BREAKER BREAKER" Experience

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Josh D.'s Comment
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I passed my CDLP tests! I was almost dissapointed it was so easy. I guess I wanted all my hard work to feel like it counted for something.

The only thing I felt unprepared for was DOT medical card thing. I was planning on waiting until training starts (Monday!) to get the physical done by their doctor instead of trying to figure my own thing out. This resulted in my having to sign a 'self certification' form at the DMV that limited what I was allowed to do. The lady had to explain it to me as I was totally lost. If I had accidentally checked the wrong box (intrastate vs interstate) I wouldn't have been allowed to drive outside of Kansas! She said when I got my medical card and came back for the driving test to get me CDL I could request to update the form and choose the option that required having a card. I still don't really understand what I signed or what I picked. If this is a standard thing in every state - and if it's normal to need your exam to be done before going for you CDLP - that would be a nice thing for newbies to know! I told Casey - my recruiter - the same thing.

So next step is Wellsville KS for training at the Keim school. The minimal training pay (and lack of paid transportation to and from) will hopefully be quickly made up for once I start driving. Looks like new drivers here would average 70k. Between that and the individualized attention of a small company - I'm quite happy so far. My ONLY complaint is that small company size can equal slower communication as people are busy and wearing multiple hats. I'll report back after a few days of training to let y'all know what that's like.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I passed my CDLP tests! I was almost dissapointed it was so easy. I guess I wanted all my hard work to feel like it counted for something.

The only thing I felt unprepared for was DOT medical card thing. I was planning on waiting until training starts (Monday!) to get the physical done by their doctor instead of trying to figure my own thing out. This resulted in my having to sign a 'self certification' form at the DMV that limited what I was allowed to do. The lady had to explain it to me as I was totally lost. If I had accidentally checked the wrong box (intrastate vs interstate) I wouldn't have been allowed to drive outside of Kansas! She said when I got my medical card and came back for the driving test to get me CDL I could request to update the form and choose the option that required having a card. I still don't really understand what I signed or what I picked. If this is a standard thing in every state - and if it's normal to need your exam to be done before going for you CDLP - that would be a nice thing for newbies to know! I told Casey - my recruiter - the same thing.

So next step is Wellsville KS for training at the Keim school. The minimal training pay (and lack of paid transportation to and from) will hopefully be quickly made up for once I start driving. Looks like new drivers here would average 70k. Between that and the individualized attention of a small company - I'm quite happy so far. My ONLY complaint is that small company size can equal slower communication as people are busy and wearing multiple hats. I'll report back after a few days of training to let y'all know what that's like.

Hay, Josh!

SO sorry I'm late to reply; I read this yesterday...and got sidetracked.

Yes, having your FedMed card before testing for your CDLP is a requirement. I 'believe' you could get your permit 'intrastate' (ie: only in KS) without, and then add it later, or self certify.

Things have sure changed! Here's the link: Steps to Obtaining a CDL, per FMCSA rules~

I'm still needing to get a hold of the folks at Keim; and I'll sure use YOU as a reference, as you did...with us!

Well, here's MY kudos to ya, for getting THUS far!! dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif

Thanks for sharing, see you back here SOON... wish you the best!

~ 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

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I passed my CDLP tests! I was almost dissapointed it was so easy. I guess I wanted all my hard work to feel like it counted for something.

The only thing I felt unprepared for was DOT medical card thing. I was planning on waiting until training starts (Monday!) to get the physical done by their doctor instead of trying to figure my own thing out. This resulted in my having to sign a 'self certification' form at the DMV that limited what I was allowed to do. The lady had to explain it to me as I was totally lost. If I had accidentally checked the wrong box (intrastate vs interstate) I wouldn't have been allowed to drive outside of Kansas! She said when I got my medical card and came back for the driving test to get me CDL I could request to update the form and choose the option that required having a card. I still don't really understand what I signed or what I picked. If this is a standard thing in every state - and if it's normal to need your exam to be done before going for you CDLP - that would be a nice thing for newbies to know! I told Casey - my recruiter - the same thing.

So next step is Wellsville KS for training at the Keim school. The minimal training pay (and lack of paid transportation to and from) will hopefully be quickly made up for once I start driving. Looks like new drivers here would average 70k. Between that and the individualized attention of a small company - I'm quite happy so far. My ONLY complaint is that small company size can equal slower communication as people are busy and wearing multiple hats. I'll report back after a few days of training to let y'all know what that's like.

It's been MORE than a few days, Josh! How's Wellsville ?!?!?

Hope all is good; love to hear back !! Casey Stohls is awesome, right? We NEED to get them signed on here; I'll call her and do just that, as soon as we hear BACK from you!!!

Yeah,needing the DOT physical prior to getting your permit is a new thing, with the ELDT mandates of 02/07.... we are sure seeing that many new folks don't realize this. I'm betting Keim will incorporate that into their instructions, hereto forward, yes?

This should be provided, by all training companies, and schools: Steps to a CDLP and more, per FMCSA.

Well, keep us on the ledge then.. or... NOT!

Hoping all is well,

~ 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

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
member avatar

I passed my CDLP tests! I was almost dissapointed it was so easy. I guess I wanted all my hard work to feel like it counted for something.

The only thing I felt unprepared for was DOT medical card thing. I was planning on waiting until training starts (Monday!) to get the physical done by their doctor instead of trying to figure my own thing out. This resulted in my having to sign a 'self certification' form at the DMV that limited what I was allowed to do. The lady had to explain it to me as I was totally lost. If I had accidentally checked the wrong box (intrastate vs interstate) I wouldn't have been allowed to drive outside of Kansas! She said when I got my medical card and came back for the driving test to get me CDL I could request to update the form and choose the option that required having a card. I still don't really understand what I signed or what I picked. If this is a standard thing in every state - and if it's normal to need your exam to be done before going for you CDLP - that would be a nice thing for newbies to know! I told Casey - my recruiter - the same thing.

So next step is Wellsville KS for training at the Keim school. The minimal training pay (and lack of paid transportation to and from) will hopefully be quickly made up for once I start driving. Looks like new drivers here would average 70k. Between that and the individualized attention of a small company - I'm quite happy so far. My ONLY complaint is that small company size can equal slower communication as people are busy and wearing multiple hats. I'll report back after a few days of training to let y'all know what that's like.

Man, sure hope you just 'forgot us' . . . and didn't bail !!!

Flatbed is a tough start, I'm sure. So much to know, beyond the rules of the road and the truck & driving, in and of itself.

Hope you made it, or are!

~ Anne ~

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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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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