Getting Back Into It

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Doug S.'s Comment
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Hey guys what’s up well after 14 years out of the business I’ve decided it’s time to get back into it. Let me explain 14 years ago my father got sick and my mother was in no way able to care for him so I made the decision that he wasn’t going to be placed into a nursing home. So I gave up my career of 16 years I was an owner operator at the time. I didn’t even think twice So after my father passed I stayed with my mother until she did the same. Now that you know my back story I’ll get to the reason behind this post. I’m 58 years old I surrender my CDL about a year after I came off the road and sold my Tractor Big Mistake. So now I’m at square one. I’ve decided to go to Pam’s cdl school in Tontitown Arkansas. I’ve seen a bunch of nightmare posts about them but all I’ve seen are posts that are 5-9 years old does anyone have any current information on them like there pay, equipment, miles, stuff like that. I would really appreciate it and you would be doing an old hand a big favor thanks in advance


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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.


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.

Sandman J's Comment
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Welcome back to it, Doug! More people check the general section than here so if you repost it there you might get more responses. I can't add anything about Pam, haven't heard or had run-ins with their drivers in my brief 1.5yrs out here.

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