Age Discrimination In Trucking?

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T.W.'s Comment
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After being laid off as a teacher 4 years ago I decided to go into retail sales and get my CDL on the side. I noticed many laid off (and retired) teachers go off to be flight attendants, start their own businesses, and some become truck drivers.

I'm guessing this is because of lack of age discrimination in the transportation industry?

I've been in retail sales for 1.5 years and plan on staying 6 more months so I don't look like a job hopper. (full two years) It seems like when I hit 50 I will less marketable.

When August comes around I have to jump ship--if higher paying sales jobs aren't opening up---then full time trucking might be my only option. It would be nice if sales companies would hire me in a NYC minute but they wont because of my age. But trucking will!

Any ideas on part-time trucking jobs for now?

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.
SQ TierHog's Comment
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TW, I was totally worried about the age thing (I'll be 52 in april) until I started reading the forums here. It seems that there's many folks older than I am. The only thing I'm concerned about is the physical. I plan on looking around the forums to see what I can find out regarding that issue. Regardless, my attitude is that if I want it bad enough, I'll do what it takes to get in the seat and rollin' down the road! :)

Thanks for the post, G'luck to ya!

SQ TierHog

Tracy W.'s Comment
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After being laid off as a teacher 4 years ago I decided to go into retail sales and get my CDL on the side. I noticed many laid off (and retired) teachers go off to be flight attendants, start their own businesses, and some become truck drivers.

I'm guessing this is because of lack of age discrimination in the transportation industry?

I've been in retail sales for 1.5 years and plan on staying 6 more months so I don't look like a job hopper. (full two years) It seems like when I hit 50 I will less marketable.

When August comes around I have to jump ship--if higher paying sales jobs aren't opening up---then full time trucking might be my only option. It would be nice if sales companies would hire me in a NYC minute but they wont because of my age. But trucking will!

Any ideas on part-time trucking jobs for now?

I was a computer security guy. At 55 my company decided to outsource and I was out of work. Two years of part time work and no permanent work left me cold. At 57 I went to school and got my CDL. I was hired immediately by Watkins Shepard and have been doing well. First full year got a W2 for 45k....not bad for new career.

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.
Kenny W.'s Comment
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I'm 64. I am in good shape. (I surf and work-out). I eat right and exercise daily....no excuses.....period. Haven't had ANYONE say anything about my age. Yes, I am still in the looking for work stage but I do have my CDL with all endorsements. The only thing I have seen so far is you better have a GOOD attitude and be WILLING to do what it takes. I have one offer on the table with two others pending. Things are about to change real soon for this young man! Don't worry about your age. GO FOR IT!

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.
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