Truck driving careers in Kentucky can vary quite a bit. You will find opportunities throughout the state in a vast array of industries.Salary & Career Outlook
The estimated salary for a truck driving career in Kentucky is $38,740 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
). The salary in this state is about equal with the average truckerís salary in the country. You can increase your earnings by choosing the industry you drive in wisely and focusing on maintaining a clean driving record.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates growth in the area of 21 percent over the next ten years. With a lot of growth in career opportunities in the trucking industry, you can find many more jobs to apply for and experience a lot of stability.
Before you accept any position, you will want to shop around. Find out what the advantages to being in one industry over another is. Ask employers what their requirements are so you know what you need before making an application. You may need different endorsements on your license, so itís good to know what you must have before completing all of your CDL exams.Important Laws & Regulations
To get your CDL, you must be 18 to drive within the state. You must also have a valid Kentucky driverís license and get a medical certificate before you can apply for the license and take the tests. Once you show all necessary information and pass the three-part exam, you will get your commercial driverís license.
If you are found speeding in the state of Kentucky, going over 26 MPH, you may have your license suspended for a time of 90 days. There are many other traffic laws to consider Ė and violating these can have a negative impact on your trucking career because they will show up on your driving record.Links and Resources
Itís easy to find employment as a trucker once you get your CDL. You simply need to find the best opportunity for you within the state of Kentucky so you are happy with your career.
Kentucky CDL Requirements
A Commercial Driverís License or CDL is a requirement to drive certain vehicles in the United States. The vehicles that require a Class A CDL are those with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds. If the vehicle being towed is at least 10,000 pounds a CDL is also necessary. The requirements to obtain a class A CDL in the state of Kentucky are established and standardized by the Department of Motor Vehicles and managed through the Kentucky State Police. You must be 18 to apply for a CDL and 21 if you want to transport materials across state lines.
The first thing eligible applicants must do is complete a Commercial Driver Licensing application. It is also necessary to complete a commercial driver license application 10 year history survey. This is a one-time requirement and lists all the states where you have had a license within the past 10 years. The fees to apply for a CDL are an $11 CDL permit fee and a $50 testing skills fee.
Local state police exam stations are responsible for administering the knowledge test that is required to get a CDL permit. The test consists of 50 questions that include information about vehicle inspection, handling cargo, operating under various conditions and an extra 20 questions about combination vehicles for the class A permit. The test can be taken up to four times before an additional $50 fee is assessed. 24 hours must pass between each testing attempt. The test requires answering at least 80 percent of the questions correctly to pass.
After passing the skills test, youíll need to pass the road test in the class of vehicle you want to drive. It consists of three parts including a pre-trip inspection, off-road maneuvering and on-road driving assessment. The pre-trip inspection requires you to ensure that you know if a vehicle is safe to drive by inspecting various parts of the vehicle before driving. The control skills test involves maneuvering around lines or cones to show expertise in controlling the vehicle. Finally, the road test ensures that you can safely drive the vehicle on the road by making turns, curving, rural and city roads, multi-lane roads and driving on the expressway.
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CDL classifications in Kentucky are as follows:
- I - Intrastate driving only
- K - Vehicles not equipped/air brakes
- S - School bus, mass transit, or non-profit
- L - Except Class A bus
- J - Except Class A and B bus
- O - Vehicles other than tractor trailers
To upgrade or modify any type of operator license in Kentucky, the total fee will be $47. This includes the fees for the application, permit and license.Note
: As of May 31, 2005, all CDL holders are required to go through a "hot file" check upon renewal to check for any warrants on CDL holders. The check is done by the Kentucky State Police, for a fee of $3 to the Circuit Court Clerk's office. The check is immediate and won't delay the renewal process.Ashland Technical College
4818 Roberts Dr.
Ashland, KY 41102 Bell County Votech
1300 Chichester Ave.
Middleboro, KY 40965 Career Development Center
1190 Hwy 472 East
London, KY 40741 Champion Truck Driving School
256A Midland Trail
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 Commonwealth Truck Driving School
2676 Cincinnati Pike
Georgetown, KY 40324 Delta Truck Driving Academy
2727 Kentronics Dr.
Owensboro, KY 42301 Kentucky Tech Truck Driver Training
831 Morgantown Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101 Kentucky Tech truck Driver Training
150 School St.
Madisonville, KY 42431 Laurel Technical College Truck Driver Training
235 S. Laurel Rd.
London, KY 40744 Phoenix Truck Driving Academy
335 E. Yusen Dr.
Georgetown, KY 40324 Professional Truck Driving School
300 N. Green St.
Henderson, KY 42420 Professional truck Driving School
2900 Dolphin Dr.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701 Professional Truck Driving School
5110 Cairo Rd.
Paducah, KY 42001 Super Service Truck Driver Training
P. O. Box 3070
Somerset, KY 42564 T & T Commercial Driver Training
2441 Greenup Ave.
Ashland, KY 41101 Thoroughbred Truck Driving School
331 Cutters Hill Court
Lexington, KY 40509 Tri-State Recruiting
116 East Young St.
Princeton, KY 42445 West Kentucky Technical College
234 Pioneer Industrial Dr.
Mayfield, KY 42066