Roehl Or Halvor Paid Cdl?

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Danny A.'s Comment
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After an exhausting amount of research, i have whittled my choices down to two carriers for paid cdl training/entry level driver. roehl or halvor? there seems to be much more info out there about roehl than halvor. anyone within this community have any knowledge or opinions about halvor lines? thanks ahead of time with any words of wisdom.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Here's my opinion.

If you'll put as much effort into proving yourself a dependable, reliable, efficient driver as you have put into your research, the name on your truck door won't make one bit of difference in your success as a professional driver.

Seriously, you don't need exhaustive research to make a good start at this. You will determine whether you make this work. Any company will give you the chance to prove yourself. Beyond that, you are the major force propelling your success.

That's trucking. It doesn't really matter if it's Halvor or Roehl, or Melton or whoever. You are the driver, you hold the keys. You make it happen.

BK's Comment
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Totally agree with OS. I might add that sometimes my opinion of a company is influenced not so much by what I see or hear but by what I don’t see or hear. And I have never seen or heard anything negative about either of those companies. So, it might be somewhat of a coin flip decision.

However, Halvor is out of Superior Wisconsin so they can rightly claim to be the Superior company.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Danny A.'s Comment
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gotcha. completely understand and agree. however, as for comparing paid cdl training programs, halvor pays 1k per week and provides transportation to training. roehl pays $616 per week while in training and does not provide transportation. as for myself transportation to the hotel isn’t a deal breaker, but is a consideration.

most everything else between the two paid cdl programs are pretty much the same. thanks for taking the time to share your opinion.

Here's my opinion.

If you'll put as much effort into proving yourself a dependable, reliable, efficient driver as you have put into your research, the name on your truck door won't make one bit of difference in your success as a professional driver.

Seriously, you don't need exhaustive research to make a good start at this. You will determine whether you make this work. Any company will give you the chance to prove yourself. Beyond that, you are the major force propelling your success.

That's trucking. It doesn't really matter if it's Halvor or Roehl, or Melton or whoever. You are the driver, you hold the keys. You make it happen.

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.
Danny A.'s Comment
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Totally agree with OS. I might add that sometimes my opinion of a company is influenced not so much by what I see or hear but by what I don’t see or hear. And I have never seen or heard anything negative about either of those companies. So, it might be somewhat of a coin flip decision.

yes i can’t argue with that statement at all. i am / was mainly focused on comparing companies in regards to their paid cdl programs. when i didn’t see a review for halvor on this web site, i thought i may dig a little more. this web site has a ton of great info / reviews on other trucking companies paid cdl programs, so i was kinda surprised to not see a review here for halvor lines. after all, the review here of roehl led me to roehl.

However, Halvor is out of Superior Wisconsin so they can rightly claim to be the Superior company.

^^thats clever. 😛

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Also, you may have decided in which company, but they haven't chosen YOU yet.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Check.out the training diary section. There are a few things I have noticed from students about Roehl.

1.) They are attractive due to their home time options... but people don't think about what that means financially. We had a guy who chose the 1 week out, 1 week home. At the end of the year, he made $40,000. He then complained to us that trucking sucks... even when we explained he only worked half the year so therefore got half the pay.

2.) Roehl's contract is pretty high... $7,000 i think last i checked and it is paid forgiven at 15 months, not 12 months. Check with recruiter and make sure you get the facts. If you cannot make that commitment, do not apply.

3.) Drivers here have complained about being sent home for not meeting expectations. Make sure you put every effort into learning. Ask questions. Be the one there at dawn and leaving at dusk. Be a sponge. Make sure you know what is expected of you and meet that.

Attitude is everything.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Danny, I never reccomend starting your career based on training pay. Training is a very short time. I would not focus on it. No matter how much you get paid during training has no effect on your ability to excel at this career.

If you want to be successful you have to have the big picture in focus. The training pay is a distraction which means little to nothing in the big picture. I don't even consider the quality of the training as being critically important. I had terrible training. It had no ill effect on my career.

Trucking is unique. You're seriously going to struggle with it during your first 3 months. You'll get a little more comfortable with it if you last 6 months. I don't care who trains you - it's highly unlikely you'll make it for a full year. That's no jab at you. It's merely a statistical fact. That's why I wouldn't focus on the little nuances and differences in training.

Look at the bigger picture. Decide what kind of career you want. Do you want to haul flatbed loads, or maybe something like refrigerated freight? Figure out what you want out of it and go for that. Choose a company that has options you are interested in. You've got to make it work against the odds. Higher or lower training pay won't help you succeed one little bit in trucking.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kearsey prices it out:

2.) Roehl's contract is pretty high... $7,000 i think last i checked and it is paid forgiven at 15 months, not 12 months.

Is that where the "paid training" comes from - the higher than usual tuition? Is Roehl loaning you "pay" in advance then taking it back in those payments?

I know there's no free ride, so if you leave Roehl "early", you will be paying not only for the training but paying back the "paid training" loan.

A thought: When you get your "paid training" are there the usual employee deductions? If you have to pay it back, you can't be taxed twice on the same money.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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@ CRST, I stayed in the dorms, easier than driving up n down Cajon Pass daily to school site, and risk being late. We got free breakfast and lunch at the school (chips and sandwiches) dinner was on you. We had a shuttle van, that ran to a nearby Wal-Mart every hour Mon-Sat til 9 pm. was 3 guys or gals to a room. Now, that's all gone, Gardner's took over that terminal (under a new name)

Once you get driving,they made weekly deductions of around $30-40 for almost 3 months to pay back the room n meals, besides the room charges were very cheap per head, V.S. Roadmasters who wanted more than fancy hotels.

Then, after around your 1 year mark something shocking happened. You got a $375 addition to your gross pay, paid a higher tax rate due to this, for 4 weeks total. I asked WTF is this about??, didn't get a full answer, until I messaged the big brass ! lol......The story was, they had to have a value for the IRS, for your training= $1,500 which is taken back in those $375 /4 week deductions., Kinda sucked being thrown into a higher tax bracket without warning. And seeing a mysterious $375 added, then taken back lol....I NEVER found it in the contract.........Wasn't that bad in the end, I just felt we should'a been told this at the start.

So they claimed back then breaking the contract of $6000 or more, when actually, training value for IRS was only $1,500 hmmmm....Now days with everything going on, CRST no longer trains drivers, moved to a smaller rented terminal in Ontario, Ca. with NO showers or driver amenities, but parking....And has moved a lot of routes to solo drivers, got rid of their "Expedited" team division also

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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