Anyone Heard Of Lobos Interstate Services?

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Whitney L.'s Comment
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Lobos Interstate services? They have ads on Craigslist saying if you sign a three month employment contract with them, they will pay for your CDL training. But I can't find out where they do the training or anything about the program.

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.

Interstate:

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

Lobos A.'s Comment
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Great Answer!

Nice try turning that around but I didn't ask you how you recruit people. You said you would find someone a job through your "well connected partners" as if you have an inside scoop on jobs. Here's your exact quote:

Well your "well connected partner" called "Get Trucker Jobs" is nothing but a job board powered by SimplyHired that anyone can setup in 10 minutes - see the bottom of this page where it says "jobs by SimplyHired" - job search.

So tell me that's not disingenuous and scammy. Explain to me how pointing people to SimplyHired is helping them in any way.

My point is that we work with a lot of different companies, some are for recruiting and others, like Get Trucker Jobs handle job placement. Get Trucker Jobs has a phone number and we can talk to them directly about potential people coming in when we don't have spots open or we're not a good fit. From that point Get Trucker Jobs talks to the person and helps find them a position that will be a good fit for them. That is one of the ways we help people find jobs. We also have owner-operator services to help people become their own boss, we place drivers with owner-operators as co-drivers, etc.

My research came from your website which is incredibly vague as Scott and others have been pointing out all along. That's why we're having this conversation - to figure out who you are and what you really do. For instance:

You have a school, right? No courses are listed, no prices are listed, no instructors are mentioned, no pictures of your school or yard or trucks are posted, and there's no list of major companies that hire your students. Most schools have all of this and more on their website.

Yes, we help people get their CDL and we provide advanced skills training and job placement when they have their CDL. This information is given in summary on the website and in a bit more detail on our Facebook page. I've provided links to both in this thread. The course is explained in those links. The price ($6,500) is mentioned on the website. We do not currently have a list of instructors or anything like that but there are pictures of our school on our Facebook page. As we work with a lot of owner-operators, we don't list major carriers on our website. This is something we explain over the phone all the time; we work with small, independent carriers primarily. I will certainly admit that our website is pretty basic right now; that's something we're working on improving. Right now a lot of our information is conveyed over the phone, which is why I keep stressing that you can call us to get more information. Our website gives the general summary and we can explain more over the phone and answer specific questions.

So do you have your own school or do you recruit for another school?

You have a caption under one of your pictures that says "2015 Peterbilt, one of the elite trucks in our fleet, averaging over 8 MPG! "

So you have your own fleet, also? Again, I don't see any pictures of your trucks other than a generic nose of a generic Peterbilt. Where is all the information about your fleet? How many trucks? How many trailers? Where is your hiring zone? What types of freight do you haul? Don't you think people would like to know this? Any other trucking website I go to lists all this stuff and more.

So do you have your own fleet or do you recruit for other fleets and owner operators?

We have our own school. We use newer trucks for training, though the Peterbilt specifically may be outdated information. That caption is poorly worded and I will see about having it changed. I did not personally build the website but I am working on having it updated, improved, and made more clear, so thank you for pointing that caption out. I will have that changed.

The companies we work with haul primarily dry vans and reefers, typically 53' and singles. We recruit within the lower 48 states and we recruit for our school, for owner-operators, and for co-drivers to work with owner-operators.

I have to admit....that is a good idea. In fact, it's so good that we do the same thing. If you email me at brett@truckingtruth.com guess where I'll get it? In my gmail account. So you most certainly can have your email address associated with your website address in gmail.

You are correct, you indeed can have an email address forward to a gmail address. We simply have not done so at this time.

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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.

Owner Operator:

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

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lobos A.'s Comment
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Great Answer!

So once they get their permit and it's time to start the driving portion does your school own and operate the actual trucks they'll be learning in? How many instructors do you have? How many trucks do you own for your school? Why isn't there any information about this stuff on your website?

We handle everything from when they get into class to when they get their CDL. This usually takes 2 - 3 weeks and they're working directly with Lobos. From that point we have them undergo 12 weeks of advanced skills training where they are driving with an experienced driver, being shown how to most effectively use their CDL , essentially getting skills to go along with their knowledge. We do not directly train them at that point, but we do work with owner-operators who do train them and those trainers report to us their progress. The trainers are paid by Lobos to train our students and we monitor how well the students are doing and how well the trainers are teaching.

Right....your "job listings" - what the heck is that? You call that job listings? Every one of them says the hiring company is "Lobos Driving Academy". That's not a driving job and those aren't job listings.

That is actually a typo. Our company is Lobos Interstate Services, but the school is often informally referred to as "Lobos Driving Academy." Thank you for bringing that to my attention, I will have that corrected to "Lobos Interstate Services."

One final thing - your "fleet" of truck doesn't show up on any searches we do and your school doesn't show up anywhere under the state of Utah or anything. What is the name of your trucking company so we can look up the CSA scores and such on the FMCSA website? Is your school listed as an official school with the state of Utah?

As I said, we're not a fleet or a carrier. We are a trucking services company. The caption you got "fleet" from is inaccurate and will be corrected. The website has been a work in progress lately and I am working on making it more informative and a bit more clear. Again, thank you for pointing out that error. As for the school, we train people at the facilities and teach them everything they need to know to pass their CDL test. We do not administer the tests on site; we take the students to the DMV to have all tests administered by Utah state DMV personnel.

Listen, I don't think you're intentionally malicious. But what I do think is that you're basically a recruiter that is claiming to be a lot of things you're not. At the moment I see no evidence that you're running a regular school nor do I see any evidence that you have your own fleet of trucks. So I'm trying to get to the bottom of this so I know what to tell people when they ask about you

I appreciate that, and I appreciate you asking more direct questions. You last post seemed a bit barbed, more intended to cast a negative view than get to facts. I appreciate that you have asked such specific questions here in this post.

Regarding the removing of posts, there was a post immediately after the one I made in response to your previous post. It was taken down within a few minutes of it being posted so it appeared that it was taken down by a moderator. Perhaps the forum member took it down themselves. If that is the case, then I apologize for being mistaken.

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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.

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

Interstate:

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!

Ok yet another oddity I've found that just doesn't seem to happen anywhere else but I'm sure there's a good explanation.

On their facebook page there's this picture of one of "their trucks" I guess with the caption:

"Are you ready to drive one of these? Give us a call and we can walk you through how you can get your Commercial Driver's License for FREE!"

white Lobos <span class= Interstate tractor at truck driving school" title="white Lobos Interstate tractor at truck driving school">

Sounds great. So I thought for the heck of it I'd do a check to see what I could find out about this trucking company. Now I've scaled up this next image to show that the MC Number and the USDOT Number on the side of the truck were blurred out:

white Dan Blades tractor-trailer at trucking school

Fortunately the name of the company wasn't blurred out so it's easy enough to look up their information:

Dan Blades Turbo LLC

It appears to be a single owner operator leasing a truck through a company called Interstate Nationalease. From looking at the statistics it's kinda what you would expect from an Owner Operator who is trying to run hard - quite a few violations and one crash in Nebraska just before this past Christmas.

I'm not too alarmed by any of that report. But why the blurred out numbers in the photo? Why does everything we investigate turn out looking shady? In this case the Federal numbers have literally been shaded out. That's what I don't understand. Your job listings aren't even job listings. Your highly connected partners are websites like SimplyHired that anyone can use. Your Federal numbers are blurred out. Everything just seems to lead to a dead end.

Either you guys are trying to make it appear as if you're more than you actually are, or you're the worst communicators ever. I have no problem with you guys if you're recruiters or middlemen of some sort that have made arrangements to recruit drivers for people. There's plenty of those and that's not a bad thing. But you have to be honest and clear about who you are, what you do, and how you do it.

There's a very good reason this website is called TruckingTruth....because it's our job to help people understand the truth about what they're being told and how things work in this industry. We're trying to make sure people who are new to the industry get honest, helpful information so they can make the right choices for their career. In this case I can't seem to verify that you're an official truck driving school, nor can I verify you have your own fleet of trucks. So I'm not sure if students that get their CDL through you guys will be able to find jobs outside of your network with major, legitimate companies. I know pretty much anyone can get on with an Owner Operator somewhere, but what about Swift, Schneider, or Werner? Would they hire your students after they obtain their CDL? Would they consider your schooling legitimate? I know people can get their CDL the way you seem to be doing it but at this point I don't know if I can recommend you guys or not.

Now here's an opportunity you might possibly be a great candidate for - what about people with recent felonies? Your website doesn't mention that as a requirement. I get questions daily from people who have had felonies in the past 7 years or so and they have a heck of a time getting started in this industry. Maybe you guys are the perfect ones to give them that opportunity. If so you'd be doing a lot of people a great service. You'd be helping people get things turned around and going in the right direction in their lives and that would be awesome.

So yes, I'm definitely picking apart your marketing and I'm not too happy about some of it. But that doesn't mean you guys aren't a legitimate option for a lot of people. If I can ever get to the bottom of all of this I'll certainly recommend you guys if you can provide a helpful, legitimate service.

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.

Owner Operator:

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

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).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lobos A.'s Comment
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Great Answer!

Ok yet another oddity I've found that just doesn't seem to happen anywhere else but I'm sure there's a good explanation.

On their facebook page there's this picture of one of "their trucks" I guess with the caption:

Sounds great. So I thought for the heck of it I'd do a check to see what I could find out about this trucking company. Now I've scaled up this next image to show that the MC Number and the USDOT Number on the side of the truck were blurred out:

But why the blurred out numbers in the photo? Why does everything we investigate turn out looking shady? In this case the Federal numbers have literally been shaded out. That's what I don't understand.

I actually took those pictures myself. I blurred out the numbers because that's not my personal truck or company and I was posting it to a social, online medium. I also blurred out the license plate numbers on the cars in the parking lot for the same reason. It's just common courtesy if you're going to take pictures of vehicles that are not yours to blur out personal information like that.

...if you're recruiters or middlemen of some sort that have made arrangements to recruit drivers for people

Yes, we are a trucking services company and one of those services is recruiting.

...I know pretty much anyone can get on with an Owner Operator somewhere, but what about Swift, Schneider, or Werner? Would they hire your students after they obtain their CDL? Would they consider your schooling legitimate? I know people can get their CDL the way you seem to be doing it but at this point I don't know if I can recommend you guys or not.

I obviously cannot speak for other companies regarding their hiring policies but I can tell you what our students have once they complete the program. At the end of the program they have their CDL, 3 months of experience, and approximately 60,000 miles under their belt. We also work with them to get them placed in a job from that point which is, as I said before, primarily owner-operators.

Now here's an opportunity you might possibly be a great candidate for - what about people with recent felonies? Your website doesn't mention that as a requirement. I get questions daily from people who have had felonies in the past 7 years or so and they have a heck of a time getting started in this industry. Maybe you guys are the perfect ones to give them that opportunity. If so you'd be doing a lot of people a great service. You'd be helping people get things turned around and going in the right direction in their lives and that would be awesome.

We do actually bring on people with felonies on their records. It is a case by case basis but typically if it is older than 3 years ago and/or non-violent in nature we can usually help them.

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.

Owner Operator:

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David H.'s Comment
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I just googled them no address but seems like a third party company one line on the page talked about filing paperwork to help you start your own company so I'm not sure who/what they are

Errol V.'s Comment
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Lobos Interstate services? They have ads on Craigslist saying if you sign a three month employment contract with them, they will pay for your CDL training. But I can't find out where they do the training or anything about the program.

CDL training itself is upwards of $3000. On the face of it, unless their plan is for you work for them three months for free, there's no money in it for them.

Their proposition sounds scammy. And lobos is Spanish for wolves. I'm just sayin'.

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.

Interstate:

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

Cotter Pin's Comment
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Lobos Interstate services? They have ads on Craigslist saying if you sign a three month employment contract with them, they will pay for your CDL training. But I can't find out where they do the training or anything about the program.

I just saw this also, and was wondering about them. They say in the ad, that you train for 12 weeks at $300 a week plus bonuses, and then after training you can earn upwards of $1500 weekly. I may give them a call to feel them out.

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.

Interstate:

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

Sammy Clue's Comment
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Be very careful around Craigslist. Especially in the JOBS department. There have been several stories floating around the net over the last 10 years (give or take) about people being scammed and "robbed" while investigating these job listings. Do your homework, call them, set up a meet at a public area if need be. Ask questions, get documentation, and try to find some other employees of the business if possible. Just be careful in the process. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

Eric E.'s Comment
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Lobos Interstate services? They have ads on Craigslist saying if you sign a three month employment contract with them, they will pay for your CDL training. But I can't find out where they do the training or anything about the program.

Whitney L. Thanks for providing this comment about our Craigslist post. I will agree their are a lot of companies posting ads on craigslist for false jobs or scamming opportunities. I can assure you, this is not one of those ads. We are located in Lindon Ut, and have recently started up a trucking school opportunity for people who want to obtain their Class A CDL. We have been working diligently on trying to get the word out of what we offer and Craigslist is our only avenue currently. We help people get their Class A CDL based on certain criteria, they will either have to pay tuition, quailify for free tuition, or be transfered to one of our well connected partners Get Trucker Jobs to receive additional help. Our goal at Lobos is to help as many people as we can obtain their Class A CDL, and teach/show them how to drive a truck, and how to make a career out of it. We teach more than just driving, we show you, and help you understand how the business works and want to pass on the knowledge of our experienced drivers. Feel free to call our toll free number: 888-516-0075 and speak with one of our recruiters! if you have any additional questions, comments concerns, feel free to email me at: jobs@lobosinterstate.com

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.

Interstate:

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Moerice J.'s Comment
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[ Note from Brett Aquila - Moderator - we normally don't allow these type of rants. But in this case you'll hear a reply from the company itself ]

If You ever came Across the craigslist ad about this company, stay away. The pay is horrible, the people that runs the company is horrible, the trucks are horrible, and the runs are horrible. they lie to get you to Utah then say they were honest with you. This company is so bootleg the feds are stepping in. one of there trailers brakes caught on fire yesterday and they wanted the driver to keep driving . If you love your life , stay away from Lobos. I just got my CDL from them Tuesday and I left them. You have been warned. If you think I'm lying call their number then ask yourself why do they have google voice phone numbers

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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From what I can tell they're some sort of middleman. A recruiter or affiliate or something. It's not entirely clear. Their "well connected partner" is a site called Get Trucker Jobs which is nothing but an Indeed.com affiliate job board that anyone can setup in 10 minutes.

Unless they can give us some better details I would look elsewhere.

Lobos A.'s Comment
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Hello, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the program. We've recently refined our website to be a little more clear and concise on what we offer and how it works. You can see that information at www.lobosinterstate.com.

We do offer a CDL training program which is comprised of three parts. We start with sending out an email packet which contains a training manual, practice tests, and information on documents and applications you will need to have before you come out to the school. The second part of the training lasts for 2 - 3 weeks and involves us paying for travel to our school, providing food and lodging for that duration, and providing instructors to help our students prepare for and pass the CDL written and road test. The final portion of the program is paid training for 12 weeks of over the road , team driving with an instructor. As of right now that pay is a $300 a week base with the opportunity to take that up to $600 a week if you meet basic goals with the instructor.

This program can be paid for upfront or it can be paid for via our sponsorship opportunities. We do partner with carriers who work closely with us and also need drivers. These carriers have the ability to sponsor our students through the program in exchange for the students agreeing to drive for them for at least 6 months once they graduate.

That is a very brief explanation of how our school works, but I would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Interstate:

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

Lobos I.'s Comment
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If You ever came Across the craigslist ad about this company, stay away. The pay is horrible, the people that runs the company is horrible, the trucks are horrible, and the runs are horrible. they lie to get you to Utah then say they were honest with you. This company is so bootleg the feds are stepping in. one of there trailers brakes caught on fire yesterday and they wanted the driver to keep driving . If you love your life , stay away from Lobos. I just got my CDL from them Tuesday and I left them. You have been warned. If you think I'm lying call their number then ask yourself why do they have google voice phone numbers

This gentlemen was a student in the school. He never got his CDL. He was disrespectful to the school instructor and administrators on numerous occasions and was asked to leave before his driving test. And this was not the first school that he didn't finish. He failed his written more than once. Once the students receive their CDL they get into a truck to train on the road to get experience. This portion of the training is paid. This gentlemen never achieved this so he has no idea about the pay. The trucks are 2012 and newer, hardly terrible trucks.

For individuals who are SERIOUS about their career, free training is a pretty good option. Some people are just used to taking handouts and feel entitled. Sorry, sometimes you've got to man up and take responsibility for your actions.

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.
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