Earning Your Commercial License
Being an owner of a commercial license means owning your future in the palm of your hands, or your wallet. You may or may not know that there are different classes when it comes to owning a driver’s license.
What is a class A? Commercial licenses class A is a fancy way of saying- I am licensed to drive trucks weighing more than 26,001 pounds. It doesn’t stop there, according to the DMV A commercial motor vehicle “is defined as a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles and trailers used for hire to transport passengers or property.” The following list is what the DMV classifies CMVs as:
-A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
-A combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
-A vehicle designed, used, or maintained for carrying more than ten passengers (including the driver).
-A vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more.
-A vehicle transporting hazardous materials (requires placards).
-A vehicle transporting hazardous waste as defined in California Health and Safety Code §25115 and §25117.
-A vehicle towing a combination of two trailers or vehicle and trailer.
-A 3-axle vehicle weighing more than 6,000 pounds.
With the new ELDT regulations, companies and drivers are scrambling for answers. Even the DMV is trying to train all employees on the new regulations. The CDL life is becoming a lifestyle and a culture, but it’s a lifestyle with many changes.
Make sure you are training at an FMCSA certified school. If you train at a school that isn’t certified by the FMCSA your CDL training won’t count. It’s like paying for a new car that is going to be repossessed within a week. You end up paying for nothing and you get stuck with debt.
The new regulations are implementing procedures and processes in place to better serve the trucking industry. How many truck drivers get their licenses suspended or revoked because of minimal training or improper training? The answer is: thousands of drivers. ELDT regulations are eliminating “bad” training providers and creating a list of qualified providers for a better work force.
Don’t wait for the right time. The right time is now, take yourself to new heights in your career. Take charge of your future and take advantage of the new regulations.
Class A Jobs
Now that Class A peaked your interest, let’s dive into the kind of jobs available for Class A drivers. The most commonly know job is driving a big rig, a.k.a. semi-truck. We’ve all seen the semi truck on the freeway, the one that everyone seems to avoid. Driving semis is nothing close of boring. You can transport anything from livestock to NASA space rocket parts…not just food.
The entire world would come to a complete stop if all truck drivers went on strike at the same time. No matter what material, product, person or thing is transported in the air, it must be transported on land by truck/s.
There are thousands of Class A jobs available, in fact too many. It’s overwhelming looking for jobs as a commercial driver. One way to filter through all the nonsense is by focusing on a few industries that you enjoy. For example: the construction industry has heavy equipment operator jobs, the oil industry has HazMat jobs, the farming industry has livestock transporter jobs, retail has mainly product transporting jobs, and on and on. Even when the pandemic hit and things got tough, the trucking and transportation industries made a boom. Because everyone had to be on lock down, online ordering became the answer to binge shopping and brain meltdowns. Tell the truth…even you reading this right now ordered online more than you usually do. You even ordered toothpaste and soap too!
What did this show us? We saw the value that truck drivers have that we didn’t see before. It showed us our future, and our past. We know what we want and what we no longer want. We want to order online and save time. We don’t want to wait in line to pay for our groceries when we can do it while we work from home. We want to drive our trucks, make money and order groceries for our families at home. We want to be Class A truck drivers.