What type of license for UPS & FedEx
What license do you need in order to drive their cars? CDL A?.. or...?
They have a lot of cars!
If you're speaking of the "bread" cars ..... depends .....
If you speak of the smaller vans, UNDER 26,000 pounds, without hazmat,
no CDL is required.
Over 26,000 pounds, a Class B is required ...
If it "bends in the middle", a Class A is required ...
In ANY case, if transporting hazmat, a CDL is required .. (and yes, I know it depends on weight, but why muddy it any further)
UPS does not have placarded vehicles, but if you want a job as a tractor trailer driver, doubles, triples endorsement is a must.
As somebody who worked for RPS (and later, FedEx Ground), I can answer your question.
No CDL is required for the 'package cars' that you see most often - unless you must transport more than 500 pounds of a hazardous material (placards on the car). Some of the straight cars - the ones with air brakes that are over 26,000 pounds gross weight - do require a Class 'B' license. Of course, tractor-trailers need an 'A' license and most terminals require a 'T' endorsement (doubles/triples) for linehaul drivers.
All drivers (at least in our state) were still required to have the DOT medical card, however, and a company certificate saying that a road test was passed (leftover from the RPS days).
For Home Delivery (the small cars), I do not know if they need medical cards; as that division came into being later in the game.
We do have medical cards, but unless a person is driving in the feeder division, a class c/d is all that is needed. The biggest non-semi cars do not have airbrakes and are just under the weight limit.
UPS does not placard any vehicles as none of them carry more than 200 lbs of hazardous materials.
Thanks for the answers guys.
Is it worth going around and delivering packages? I mean, money wise.. how much do they pay for being all day in that "package car"? I will be better off getting my CDL A instead and looking for some tractor-trailer type job?
Does anyone know how difficult is to get a job with UPS or FedEx, in order to drive their package cars? And where it's best to apply? To your local UPS/FedEx terminal?
I know.. lots of questions..
If you want to get on with FedEx, avoid Ground and Home Delivery like the plague! Go to work for Express if you want to drive a package car & make deliveries. (Ground and HD require you to 'own' your own car. It is kind of like the bullshiat of owning your own business - combined with the hassle of being an employee.) At least with Express, you'll be paid by the hour, you will get benefits and you will not have to make an investment in order to buy a job!
Additionally, FedEx is fighting lawsuits in several states with regard to unfair labor practices because of how drivers in Ground/HD are treated. I was there for almost a decade and a half, but it had gotten particularly bad after FedEx bought RPS in the late 1990s. Anyway, that's a different issue for another day.
If you really want to be a "carer" and seek a P&D position, it is easier to get into something else if you have a CDL-A with some experience. You will have less trouble going from a big car to a smaller one than from a small one to a big one. Also, if you work for UPS or FedEx, plan on busting your hump for 100+ stops a day. You'll stay in shape, but it is definitely a young man's job!
Good luck whatever you decide!!!!
true or false?
You would fail that question on a hazmat test.
Standing joke at the firedept... What do you do if you see 10 UPS package cars in an accident? Call the hazmat team, musta been a big hazmat load to send that many cars.
Ever seen placards on the side of a UPS package delivery car? They also do not accept for shipment the required placard classes (poison inhalation hazard, etc.)
Depending on where you live it could be very easy to get a job with UPS. Most major metros are hiring off the street.
You get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. You also get paid for any and all work that you do.
I don't have a CDL
I just went to an informational interview in Flint MI 3 weeks ago and they do hire package delivery, but you are a seasonal driver for 7 years before you could be come permanent. ( no bennies)
14.45 per hour and 100 stops a day.
There were 18 people there for 3 job openings.
If you have doubles experience you may get hired to drive doubles cars that deliver to terminals and that is a nights only job that pays 24 an hour.
They told me I was an excellent candidate if I had doubles exp., at least 1 year.
I am going to try and get doubles exp. as soon as I can.
UPS has the best bennies and great pay .
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