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22Younggun's Comment
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I have been a supervisor in the transportation industry for about 4 years. I was working at a LTL company, and it did not feel right. So, I quit my job and tried early retirement. I hate being at home and nowhere to go. After talking with my wife, I decided to pursue a career as a truck driver. I want to be supervisor and doing this will allow me to see what the drivers go through out on the road. I feel that it will make me a better supervisor when I come off the road.

I was looking at companies the provide training and will help new drivers obtain their cdl. I had it narrowed down between three companies. Roehl Transport, Wilson Logistics, and Swift. After reviewing all the companies and using trucking truth, I decided to go with Swift. I went through the hiring process, drug testing and everything they asked. I decided to pursue the CDL(P) on my own. I was scheduled to start the school this past Monday. Then, I found out, from the doctor that did my DOT physical, about the charges that the recruiter did not tell me about.

I asked the recruiter if this will be deducted from my paycheck. He said that I would be charged $50 per paycheck for the first year for the class alone. I would be deducted the cost of the hotel room as well and that would be paid off in six months. The problem with this, I was not going to stay in a hotel. The training class is 10 minutes from my house and I was told I could stay at home during the first three weeks.

After talking to a friend of mine, I found out that he drives for CFI and is a trainer. He told me that CFI offers people with no experience a chance to drive for them. So, I talked to a recruiter on Tuesday, and sure enough, they do offer training classes at 2 different places in Missouri.

I told him that I was interested and he asked me the questions that they all ask about my past driving record, any drug use, and job history. He scheduled my drug and hair test yesterday, which I have already completed, and I am waiting to hear when I start.

CFI gives you the option of going to Springfield, MO or Neosho, MO for training.

The only thing you have to do is 1 year commitment and you will not have to pay back anything.

I will keep you posted.

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.

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I have been a supervisor in the transportation industry for about 4 years. I was working at a LTL company, and it did not feel right. So, I quit my job and tried early retirement. I hate being at home and nowhere to go. After talking with my wife, I decided to pursue a career as a truck driver. I want to be supervisor and doing this will allow me to see what the drivers go through out on the road. I feel that it will make me a better supervisor when I come off the road.

I was looking at companies the provide training and will help new drivers obtain their cdl. I had it narrowed down between three companies. Roehl Transport, Wilson Logistics, and Swift. After reviewing all the companies and using trucking truth, I decided to go with Swift. I went through the hiring process, drug testing and everything they asked. I decided to pursue the CDL(P) on my own. I was scheduled to start the school this past Monday. Then, I found out, from the doctor that did my DOT physical, about the charges that the recruiter did not tell me about.

I asked the recruiter if this will be deducted from my paycheck. He said that I would be charged $50 per paycheck for the first year for the class alone. I would be deducted the cost of the hotel room as well and that would be paid off in six months. The problem with this, I was not going to stay in a hotel. The training class is 10 minutes from my house and I was told I could stay at home during the first three weeks.

After talking to a friend of mine, I found out that he drives for CFI and is a trainer. He told me that CFI offers people with no experience a chance to drive for them. So, I talked to a recruiter on Tuesday, and sure enough, they do offer training classes at 2 different places in Missouri.

I told him that I was interested and he asked me the questions that they all ask about my past driving record, any drug use, and job history. He scheduled my drug and hair test yesterday, which I have already completed, and I am waiting to hear when I start.

CFI gives you the option of going to Springfield, MO or Neosho, MO for training.

The only thing you have to do is 1 year commitment and you will not have to pay back anything.

I will keep you posted.

Howdy, 22 and welcome to Trucking Truth~!

Have you read the goodies?

Man, that's a bummer about Swift; but I still believe that if you DID go forward with them, the 'hotel' part of the bill/payroll would've been adjusted off, straight away.

Also, if Swift does like they used to, all the 'deductions' for training would be paid BACK to you, during the following year.

G'Town; when you stop in...correct me; but I'm close. You should've asked us here, before you ditched!!!

Big Scott is our CFI ambassador; I'm sure he'll be by at some point, to give you some pointers, re: their program.

We'll be following; best of luck!

~ 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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I have been a supervisor in the transportation industry for about 4 years. I was working at a LTL company, and it did not feel right. So, I quit my job and tried early retirement. I hate being at home and nowhere to go. After talking with my wife, I decided to pursue a career as a truck driver. I want to be supervisor and doing this will allow me to see what the drivers go through out on the road. I feel that it will make me a better supervisor when I come off the road.

I was looking at companies the provide training and will help new drivers obtain their cdl. I had it narrowed down between three companies. Roehl Transport, Wilson Logistics, and Swift. After reviewing all the companies and using trucking truth, I decided to go with Swift. I went through the hiring process, drug testing and everything they asked. I decided to pursue the CDL(P) on my own. I was scheduled to start the school this past Monday. Then, I found out, from the doctor that did my DOT physical, about the charges that the recruiter did not tell me about.

I asked the recruiter if this will be deducted from my paycheck. He said that I would be charged $50 per paycheck for the first year for the class alone. I would be deducted the cost of the hotel room as well and that would be paid off in six months. The problem with this, I was not going to stay in a hotel. The training class is 10 minutes from my house and I was told I could stay at home during the first three weeks.

After talking to a friend of mine, I found out that he drives for CFI and is a trainer. He told me that CFI offers people with no experience a chance to drive for them. So, I talked to a recruiter on Tuesday, and sure enough, they do offer training classes at 2 different places in Missouri.

I told him that I was interested and he asked me the questions that they all ask about my past driving record, any drug use, and job history. He scheduled my drug and hair test yesterday, which I have already completed, and I am waiting to hear when I start.

CFI gives you the option of going to Springfield, MO or Neosho, MO for training.

The only thing you have to do is 1 year commitment and you will not have to pay back anything.

I will keep you posted.

Typically, things are neither as bad nor as good as what is being sold to us. You really have to do the digging to find the heart of a matter for yourself.

The good part here is that you can't really go wrong with Swift or CFI. Either one will put you in the best situation a rookie driver can be to succeed.

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.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime also does no costs for training. Like CFI, sign a 1 year contract and pay nothing at all. No deductions from pay.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I have been a supervisor in the transportation industry for about 4 years. I was working at a LTL company, and it did not feel right. So, I quit my job and tried early retirement. I hate being at home and nowhere to go. After talking with my wife, I decided to pursue a career as a truck driver. I want to be supervisor and doing this will allow me to see what the drivers go through out on the road. I feel that it will make me a better supervisor when I come off the road.

I was looking at companies the provide training and will help new drivers obtain their cdl. I had it narrowed down between three companies. Roehl Transport, Wilson Logistics, and Swift. After reviewing all the companies and using trucking truth, I decided to go with Swift. I went through the hiring process, drug testing and everything they asked. I decided to pursue the CDL(P) on my own. I was scheduled to start the school this past Monday. Then, I found out, from the doctor that did my DOT physical, about the charges that the recruiter did not tell me about.

I asked the recruiter if this will be deducted from my paycheck. He said that I would be charged $50 per paycheck for the first year for the class alone. I would be deducted the cost of the hotel room as well and that would be paid off in six months. The problem with this, I was not going to stay in a hotel. The training class is 10 minutes from my house and I was told I could stay at home during the first three weeks.

After talking to a friend of mine, I found out that he drives for CFI and is a trainer. He told me that CFI offers people with no experience a chance to drive for them. So, I talked to a recruiter on Tuesday, and sure enough, they do offer training classes at 2 different places in Missouri.

I told him that I was interested and he asked me the questions that they all ask about my past driving record, any drug use, and job history. He scheduled my drug and hair test yesterday, which I have already completed, and I am waiting to hear when I start.

CFI gives you the option of going to Springfield, MO or Neosho, MO for training.

The only thing you have to do is 1 year commitment and you will not have to pay back anything.

I will keep you posted.

HAY, You kept us posted, alright . . . IN ANOTHER dude's diary, hahaha!! It's all good...

Keep the gang updated HERE, now.. too!!! We try to follow as we can; start a diary when you get acclimated in Neosho; Brett always appreciates another diary, for sure.

It's the 'pay it forward' factor, times ten!

Best wishes; Keep focused!

~ Anne & Tom ~

I was originally going to go with SWIFT. However, after being told that I can do the training in my home state of Oklahoma and stay at my house, I found out that I would still have to pay back the cost of a hotel room as well as the training that will becoming out of my check weekly for the first year.

I decided to join CFI, and I am currently in Neosho, MO about to take my skills test in 2 days.

Good luck!

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.

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.

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