Red Tape

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Touch Freight Freddy, Dec 4, 2021.

  1. Touch Freight Freddy

    Touch Freight Freddy Light Load Member

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    I've been driving with an Atlas Van Lines agent since April. Got my Class A permit in May and my CDL in October.

    The last step before I am authorized to go out of state is to become "Atlas qualified". Here is what I know that consists of so far:

    -Complete another job application for Atlas, even though I did one for the agent already (including a minimum of 3 years work history and all commercial driving experience in the past 10 years, which is 5 years in my case)
    -Do a driving training course/test since I didn't go to trucking school and don't have 1 year experience
    -Become ELD certified to Atlas standards (I have already used ELDs and know HOS rules)
    -Do another pre-employment drug test (I did one for the agent when I started, plus a random)
    -Authorize the FMCSA clearinghouse to submit my drug and alcohol violations (none) to Atlas

    There's more but I forget all the details I was told over the phone. Is this pretty much par for the course with all trucking companies? I know some of it must be legally required of them, but it seems like an awful lot of red tape to do a job that I already do every day for one of their own agents, minus crossing state lines.
     
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  3. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Medium Load Member

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    Sounds to me like they want to send you to orientation.
     
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  4. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

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    Does any of that red tape = more green paper for you?
     
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  5. Touch Freight Freddy

    Touch Freight Freddy Light Load Member

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    The hope is, yes. Where I live local drivers for a moving company make 13-17/hr and having a CDL doesn't change that. The money is in interstate commission jobs.
     
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  6. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Any New Job would be the same. The Training/Test and ELD certification sounds like they’re rules. The rest is required by Law. For a New Hire.
     
  7. Pamela1990

    Pamela1990 Road Train Member

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    Hmmm.

    Did they anal probe you in the shower as well?
     
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  8. Boondock

    Boondock Heavy Load Member

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    They do that during the delousing process...
     
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  9. Touch Freight Freddy

    Touch Freight Freddy Light Load Member

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    Okay, that's what I figured. A lot of it just feels redundant and unnecessary with the agent and van line being separate companies for one job.

    Anal probe and delousing are later in the month I think, cross that bridge when I come to it.
     
  10. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    Have you been driving a tractor trailer ?

    and can you prove it ?

    logbooks or some paper trail ?

    I’d just sit tight and get the year of driving experience and bounce to a much better paying job .
     
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  11. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Probably making good money now. More in the future. I know a couple Drivers working for Corrigan that do real good.
     
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