You can’t just wake up one day and decide you want to become a truck driver. You need to be trained, and you need to pass written and practical assessments of your abilities and knowledge. There are also regulatory requirements that must be met, and if you don’t meet these requirements, then you cannot receive your commercial drivers license and work as a truck driver. These regulatory requirements include:
Health: Passing a health check before being awarded your commercial drivers license, then passing regular health checks in order to keep your license.
Age: You can drive some trucks in some states from the age of 18, however, to driver interstate trucks, you need to be 21.
Literacy: You need to be able to demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of both written and oral English. You must be competent enough in the language to maintain a log book, read and understand road rules, and read road signs.
Physical: Strength is no longer a big issue, however, you do need to be able to prove you are fit enough to drive a truck, and physically fit enough to ensure your load is properly secured.
Legal: You cannot obtain a commercial drivers license if you are currently suspended from driving for any reason. You will also need to pass criminal and homeland security checks if you wish to have endorsements such as the Hazmat endorsement.
Most people who are over the age of 21 will meet these requirements. If you do wake tomorrow and decide that you want to become a truck driver, give us a call. We can have you trained and ready to start work in just over a month – do you meet the regulatory requirements to become a truck driver?