Do employers prefer CDL applicants over Non-CDL drivers for Non-CDL truck jobs?

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  1. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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    Let's say a 21-year-old with a Class B and a 50-year-old with a Class D (Non-commercial) are both competing for a Non-CDL box truck position, would the 21-year-old have an edge over the 50-year-old because he's the one with a CDL?

    I'm not trying to pit younger and older drivers, but I am simply trying to see where to start here. At age 21, your options are very limited despite you can now operate in interstate commerce, most driving jobs will still want at least 1 year of commercial driving experience

    What's so annoying is how employers mix CMV and CDL to mean the same thing, if I want a CDL B box truck that requires one year of CMV experience, can that include Non-CDL box trucks?
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    1. It depends. If the trucking company has mixed vehicles a CDL is a bonus as the driver can fill in if needed. Of it's 100% non-cdl trucks it won't matter as much as simple experience.
    2. When a company asks for experience, they typically mean in the type of truck being applied for. Read the application though. If it asks for cmv experience you can include any cmv. If it breaks down the type of truck answer honestly.

    Also, with the labor market right now ignore any limitations on the requirements section of the application. They will bend them if they need a driver bad enough. Don't lie, just if the job posting says one year experience, go ahead and fill it out even if you don't have a year experience. They may just be desperate enough to lower the requirements.
     
  4. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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    I understand that, but CDL B is pretty much straight trucks (dump trucks, box trucks, garbage trucks are all straight) so do you think a straight truck technically doesn't require a CDL (only weighs 26,000 lbs.) will work or it doesn't count for the experience for a CDL B job?
     
  5. ZVar

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    Again. Answer what is asked.
    If the application asks for all CMV experience that straight truck counts. If the application asks for CDL-B experience it doesn't.
     
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