From no CDL to CDL via dock work

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  1. ulenie

    ulenie Medium Load Member

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    Looking for some info for a friend in Dallas area. He is interested in driving a truck but has no CDL and has family to feed so he can't quit his job to attend CDL school. From what I read in the past LTL companies have dock worker to truck driving programs. Are these programs hard to get into and which companies offer it? Thanks
     
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  2. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    he mite take a hit in $$ or mite not
     
  3. Anywhichwaybutloose

    Anywhichwaybutloose Light Load Member

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    Usually it working 6 to 8 hours and school for 4. Have him start calling now. This is the time when LTL starts to pick back up for the year.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Most line haul companies have that program. Probably depends if the terminal needs people or not.
    Estes Express
    YRC Holland
    ABF
    SAIA
    Averitt Express
    XPO
    Old Dominion Freight Line
    Southeastern Freight Lines
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    Labatt Food Service in Dallas has a good program.
    Start as a driver helper and then if prove to be reliable, the company will assist in getting a cdl-a.
    Candidates are welcome to fill out an application online or in-house. For an in-house application, please visit us at the Dallas Labatt Office located at 650 Regal Row, Dallas, TX 75247, Monday - Friday from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm. Must bring a valid TX Class A Permit or CDL and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
    Labatt has several openings:
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  5. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    I think ABF also has a program that helps you obtain a CDL while working the dock. Might wanna look them up.
     
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Any of them.

    I'd start at UPS if it were me. You're gonna do like 4 years in the warehouse working hard, but then you become a parcel driver, and got it made.

    Then if there's an opening you become cdl driver.

    2nd choice would be fedex or any of the union ltl shops.

    Go down to the Teamsters hall. Hang around until you get hired or arrested for trespassing.
     
  7. Chinatown

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    I know this doesn't apply to your friend, but good info to have.
    Lynden Transport has dock-to-driver program in Houston.
     
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  8. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    my parcel driver does better then a feeder driver. he gots some years in tho
     
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    ConWay was famous for their dock to driver program but when XPO bought them I don't know what they did with it.

    LTL is currently slow so the timing may not be that great.
     
  10. ulenie

    ulenie Medium Load Member

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    Great info guys thanks much.

    I am guessing one has to work the dock for a few months before starting CDL training?
     
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