Working at a Driving Job
- Donald Jones
I'm a retired commercial driver and hold a CDL Class A license. I always thought the CDL allowed you to get a job driving in any state. I found I was wrong. It only covers interstate and not intrastate.
I applied for a job driving a bus at Disney World when they were badly in need of drivers. I was told I had to get a Florida CDL. Last year, I applied for a job in Arizona driving a fifteen passenger van and was told, "You'll have to get an Arizona CDL."
CDL licenses are good for four years. If I change my license I have to give up any remaining time on my current license, pay $60, and start all over.
As workampers, we have worked in Florida, New Mexico, Alabama, and Arizona over the last five years, plus summering in Pennsylvania with family.
My CDL is issued in Pa. If I change my CDL, I must change my address, car insurance, vehicle registration, Medi-Care supplement insurance, etc.
If a fulltimer like myself has an address they receive mail at or belongs to a group like Escapees that provides an address and mail forwarding, he must give that up in order to accept a part time job driving.
I spent most of my adult life driving both over-the-road trucks and city buses.
I would like to get someone to help rectify this injustice to retired people who chose to go fulltiming. I've tried contacting many politicians and camping groups and nobody seems interested in addressing this. I even went as far as contacting the ACLU in both Florida and Arizona and never got a call back. I finally got in contact with their HQ in Washington, D.C. and was told, "I don't see where this is a discrimination problem. There's a simple solution: Stay in one place."
Could you or your group offer any advice or help in rectifying this?