hoping to clear up contradicting info

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by tiburo13, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. tiburo13

    tiburo13 Bobtail Member

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    ok so I learned recently that it is possible to get a job in local or regional trucking without the otr first. I personally dont have a problem with otr but my fiancee wont have none of it. Ive done retail sales most of my life but have always loved driving. So if possible i would like to get a job doing that. I heard Con-way, Fed EX, and YRC offer to train you with no experience but is that also no cdl? I have been unemployed for almost a month after deciding car sales was not for me so i dont have the money currently to go get a cdl on my own. So i want to know if anyone has first hand knowledge that these or other places will hire someone like my self or if i should look for a job elsewhere. also i have 2 tickets in the past 3 years is that too much? 1 for speeding in may 2010 and 1 in dec 2010 for not fully stoping before turning right at red light. thanks for all advice you can offer. From what I read the harrisburg /carlisle area is big in trucking so i would hope that would increase my odds.
     
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  3. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

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    Look for a job elsewhere. You need a CDL to drive real trucks (that meet CDL requirements).
     
  4. Gizmo_Man

    Gizmo_Man Road Train Member

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    some of those places you may have to work the docks first, so they can see if you are any good at being a potential long term employee.

    policies change from day to day in this business. what was done yesterday, will be changed by this afternoon. best to go in person and inquire.

    best of luck to you.
     
  5. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    2 tickets in 36 months will be hard for you..

    and you have to have a cdl to be able to drive a truck.

    can you get a day job without goint OTR. ABSOFRICKINGLUTELY.

    can you drive a truck though. without tearing up the transmission. probably not without experience first.

    you can pay for yourself to get the cdl. but you have to find a truck to be able to take the road test. and you have to be able to drive the truck.

    there are schools you can attend that will train you to get your cdl. and drive a truck. but that's pretty expensive. to which you can actully do for free provided your willing to work for said school for a timeframe. and that means going OTR AND not being home.
     
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  6. tiburo13

    tiburo13 Bobtail Member

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    thanks for the quick replies
     
  7. tiburo13

    tiburo13 Bobtail Member

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    do any regional carriers offer a cdl training program
     
  8. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

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    Most likely no. Usually the nationals only train you and if they do have regional, and they're training you....unless you get lucky, they're going to use you over the road...because MOST other drivers, with time in with them, like to be near home, too.
     
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  9. Hellraiser78

    Hellraiser78 Light Load Member

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    I am in Philly and all the Local jobs require a CDL-A, even to work the docks. The way it works here is the drivers take out a route and when they are finished they work the docks.
     
  10. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    There is no "free" CDL training . The training comes with an employment obligation of a year . Fail to complete that and you don't get a training certificate and you get billed for several thousand dollars . Avoid company training .
    There are exceptions . I worked for MPW Industrial Services . They use vacuum trucks on jobs lasting 2 or 3 weeks or more . The trucks stay on site and many operators don't have CDL's . They always need CDL drivers to transport trucks between jobs . That is just an example . There may be similar opportunities with farms and construction companies .
     
  11. G/MAN

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    You may check with your local state employment office to see if they have anything available to help pay for your training. Check to see if there is a community college or state vocational school that you can enroll. There could be funding available, especially to someone who is unemployed. If not, there are a few carriers that will help you get your CDL as long as you agree to work for them for at least 6-12 months, depending on the carrier. If you go with one of the training carriers they will require that you go otr for the duration of your employment contract. That could help you land a local driving position. If your girlfriend doesn't want to go along with that then you may want to look at other types of employment. You might find a construction company that owns dump trucks. If your speeding ticket is not 15 mph or over it should not be a deal breaker with most carriers. Moving violations are serious in this business. Most will only allow 3 moving violations, some only allow 2 within a 3 year period. Once the violations are 3 years old they are usually not considered with most carriers.
     
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