Our perspective on CDL vs Non CDL
When it comes to car hauling there are Non CDL and CDL drivers.
- CDL (Commercial Drivers License)
- Non CDL (Non Commercial Drivers License)
We wanted to write this article outlining the advantages and disadvantages of both. However, we will keep it 100% and let you know that there is 1 true winner that has more advantages than the other. And that winner is the CDL.
This article is written from the perspective of a car hauler dispatcher and our observations that we have made throughout the years of dispatching many drivers. This article should be treated as a matter of professional opinion.
Respect the Authority
One of the first questions our dispatchers will ask a prospective client is, “does the driver have a CDL?”. This question is a screening question because at Ninja Dispatch, we do not accept drivers that do not hold a Commercial Drivers License – unless they are hauling 2 car hard enclosed trailers.
At the beginning of our dispatching journey we initially accepted Non CDL drivers. We worked with may different companies and eventually came to a conclusion. It’s a better idea to only dispatch CDL drivers. Here’s why.
Car Hauling Dispatch
As car hauler dispatchers we find the best paying cars. We need the best loads so our drivers can be happy. But, what happens when your driver is put out of service?
Non CDL drivers are “hunted” by the road authorities. Those authorities are the DOT, highway patrol and police.
The 3 Car Hauler – Non CDL
If a car hauler has a 3 car trailer, there is a chance he may be Non CDL. The authorities know this. Furthermore they know that 3 vehicles will always come short of 26,000 pounds of GVW. For those that don’t know, that means that the truck, trailer and vehicles need to all be under 26,000 pounds. Basically, the entire moving entity that’s rolling down the highway.
Because the officers know that a lot of drivers may require a CDL, but don’t have one, they pull over 3 car haulers. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Eventually, you’ll find one that is over weight.
So, let’s say the driver gets pulled over, gets a weight violation and is put out of service. What now?
First you’ll need to contact the brokers and dealers that the delivery is delayed. Do you want to do that? When you tell them the reason the truck is delayed, they’ll think you’re not professional. Why would you haul cars commercially, but have a normal drivers license? You’re literally calling them to tell them that your truck is stopped because the driver isn’t actually allowed to drive hauling cars.
Not only will you piss off the brokers and dealerships you work with, but you’re also losing money. As dispatchers, we lose money because the truck is not rolling. The carrier is also losing money. However, the carrier is losing even more money because he just got a ticket for violating the law! Not only does he have a ticket, but now his insurance is going to go up on his next quote.
Nothing but trouble
If you think that the above situation is exaggerated, think again. Every driver we’ve ever worked with that was Non CDL had the above situation happen to them.
It’s nothing but trouble to try and run a 3 car hauler without a CDL. The situation up above also WILL NOT HAPPEN if you have a CDL. The Highway Patrol and DOT respect driers that took the time to become professionals. We also side with the DOT and prefer only CDL drivers if they are hauling 3 or more cars.
What about a 2 car hauler?
If you want to haul cars with a Non CDL setup, then get yourself a 2 car hard enclosed. As car hauling dispatchers we have had great success working with this type of a setup. It’s nearly impossible to be overweight.
The cars pay more money too because they’re enclosed. You’ll end up hauling fancy cars like Bentley’s and Corvettes!
We wrote this article outlining why you should get a CDL, however if you want to drive without one, this is the setup you will want to have.
CDL vs Non CDL – The answer is in the name
So, if you’re asking yourself whether to go with a CDL or a Non CDL, you need to ask yourself something else first.
Are you a professional?
If you’re a professional, then get yourself the CDL. The CDL is the proof that you invested your time and energy to become a commercial driver.
Your stress will go away while driving and worrying about being pulled over. You also can book any vehicles you like without worrying about the gross vehicle weight!
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