Consequence For Having A CDL

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WHITE BOI's Comment
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As you know from my last post that I'm going back to driving. I already have my CLASS A , Had it since 2005 but have not driven since then and only for a few months. I have talked to almost every Company listed that has a school and not one of them will take me because I have a Class A. I don't get it. I explain to them that I still need school but wont have to test but will even sit through the week of study. I went to AIT here in Phoenix last Friday, They told me I would have to test over for my CDL How the hell does that work I already have a Valid Class A I just got my new medical card. I told them I would pay and take the entire class just wont have to go to the DMV. I have another appointment with them on Tuesday. I have a flawless driving record . No convictions. I'm a prime candidate for any company out there. My girl wants to go to school with me get her CDL and Team drive. She to has a flawless record. Something has to give here. Anyone hear of anything like this? I'm ready to get this **** going and get on the road. Some how some way I will make this 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.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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White....you are goin' at this all wrong !!!!!! You don't need to contact a company about going to school...you need to contact companies that hire folks WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO SCHOOL !!! And thats nearly every trucking company on the list !!! SO go here....Truck Driving Jobs and apply...THEN when you talk with the recruiter, tell him your story....If they want you, they will send you out with a trainer for some more OTR training...then you will go solo... Good Luck !!! and get out there and show 'em what ya got !!!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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White....you are goin' at this all wrong !!!!!! You don't need to contact a company about going to school...you need to contact companies that hire folks WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO SCHOOL !!! And thats nearly every trucking company on the list !!! SO go here....Truck Driving Jobs and apply...THEN when you talk with the recruiter, tell him your story....If they want you, they will send you out with a trainer for some more OTR training...then you will go solo... Good Luck !!! and get out there and show 'em what ya got !!!!

That sounds like the first option. Another option might be refresher training (about two to four weeks) at a school. Some companies might want you to go through a refresher course first, but the company might NOT be willing to provide it.

Dave

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Indeed Starcar and Dave are right.

What you want to do is Apply For Truck Driving Jobs with the companies you're interested in. We also have another set of Truck Driving Jobs at that link.

Once you've applied, the companies that are interested will give you a pre-hire. For those who aren't familiar with the process we have an article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

The pre-hire will specify what the company will require from you as far as schooling. If it's a company with their own training program they'll likely just have you work through as much of it as they feel you need and get you on the road ASAP. If it's a company that does not have its own training program they will likely require you to take a refresher course at an independent truck driving school and they'll even specify how long the course has to be and which schools they'll approve.

So apply to trucking companies, see who offers you a pre-hire, and then do whatever training they require you to do.

Also, make sure you call every company you apply to persistently until you get a final response. Trucking companies spend a fortune on recruiting and half the time let the applications sit on a pile collecting dust. So make sure you get someone on the line and they give you an answer. Don't wait on them to call you.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Phil P.'s Comment
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I am in a similar situation and have contacted one of the trucking companies that TT has on it's company's that offer training page. Millis to be specific. Their recruiter said they would train just as if I had no CDL and gauge the amount of training I really need, based on performance and adjust accordingly. I have since changed my mind about returning to driving and decided to continue in retirement, and playing more golf. Good luck, I hope this helps you in some way. Phil

Indeed Starcar and Dave are right.

What you want to do is Apply For Truck Driving Jobs with the companies you're interested in. We also have another set of Truck Driving Jobs at that link.

Once you've applied, the companies that are interested will give you a pre-hire. For those who aren't familiar with the process we have an article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

The pre-hire will specify what the company will require from you as far as schooling. If it's a company with their own training program they'll likely just have you work through as much of it as they feel you need and get you on the road ASAP. If it's a company that does not have its own training program they will likely require you to take a refresher course at an independent truck driving school and they'll even specify how long the course has to be and which schools they'll approve.

So apply to trucking companies, see who offers you a pre-hire, and then do whatever training they require you to do.

Also, make sure you call every company you apply to persistently until you get a final response. Trucking companies spend a fortune on recruiting and half the time let the applications sit on a pile collecting dust. So make sure you get someone on the line and they give you an answer. Don't wait on them to call you.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
WHITE BOI's Comment
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Thanks all for the advise. I will start looking into it. Brett this place is great you have tons of info very helpful. Thank you.

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