Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Vermont

How Much Can Truckers Make In Vermont?

Say the word Vermont and everyone thinks of snow, cheese, and ice cream. One of the biggest industries here is agriculture – specifically dairy. Ben & Jerry’s first ice cream shop opened in an old gas station in Burlington, Vermont and now they are a household name.

Cabot’s is a large, well known cheese manufacturer in competition with several others including: Vermont Creamery, Maplebrook Farm, Spring Brook Farm, and Blue Ledge Farm. Vermont is also the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States. It’s the only state that doesn’t allow skyscrapers. No buildings are taller than 124 feet.

Logging and forestry (businesses that employ truck drivers) are also very important to the state’s economy, as is tourism. Vermont’s wooded mountain slopes provide the perfect scenery for hunting and fishing. Snowboarding and skiing are major draws in winter. Employment in tourist service industries makes up a large part of the state’s labor market. IBM is a major manufacturing employer and accounts for more than 1/4 of all manufacturing jobs in Vermont.

The average yearly temperature is 46 degrees F with 81 inches of snow per year. Hence the many ski resorts. As a truck driver in Vermont you definitely need to know how to handle your rig in snow. Even the bordering states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York get a great deal of the white stuff. Could snow be the reason projections for future trucking job growth is so low? Compared to the U.S. at 6% growth from 2014 to 2024, Vermont is a negative 1% during that same time period.

The most populated cities in Vermont are often the places you can find the best paying jobs, and that includes trucking:
1. Burlington: 42,417
2. Essex: 19,587
3. South Burlington: 17,904
4. Colchester: 17,067
5. Rutland: 16,495

The average yearly salary for truckers in Vermont is $42,990 (SOURCE) while the average hourly rate is $20.67. When looking at median yearly salaries, the U.S. comes in at $41,340 with Vermont coming in a bit lower at $40,400. If you break down the median salaries by city/area you get:
1. $42,220 Burlington
2. $41,790 Southern VT
3. $37,640 Northern VT

Whenever you look at generalized numbers like this remember your salary will fluctuate depending on your years of driving experience, conditions, type of CMVs you’ve driven and more. Enjoy new scenery every day especially if you drive over-the-road you may get the chance to see a large part of the country.

How Do I Get My CDL License in Vermont?

In order to operate certain commercial motor vehicles, drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed and issued standards for State testing and licensing of all CDL holders.

These standards require States to issue CDLs to certain drivers only after the driver passes knowledge and skills tests administered by the State and related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.

Classes of CDL Licenses and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLP)
Class A: Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of more than 26,000 pounds. That includes a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds.

Class B: A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed 10,000 pounds.

Class C: Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not fall under the definition of Classes A or B, and is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that’s designated as hazardous and is required to be placarded is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin.

Age Requirements
– To obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Vermont Class D Driver’s License.
– To obtain a CDL and operate a commercial vehicle within Vermont state lines (Intrastate), you must be 18 to 20 years old.
– If you are at least 21 years of age, you can operate a commercial motor vehicle between Vermont and another state (Interstate).

Physical Examinations
If you’re subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, you must have a physical every two years and physical must be performed by a nationally certified examiner from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

CDL Medical Self-Certification
If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or are applying for a CDL, you are required to certify the following information with Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
– The type of driving you’re engaged in (interstate or intrastate) and
– Whether or not you’re subject to or exempt from the medical examination requirements of 49 CFR part 391

FMCSA Driver Exemption Programs (Diabetes and Vision Exemption)
The Federal Diabetes and Vision Exemption Programs have specific requirements, and requests for hearing and seizure exemptions. These requests may include medical exams, employment history, driving experience, and motor vehicle records, all of which must be submitted with your application. Within 180 days of receipt of your completed application, the agency will make its decision.

HAZMAT Endorsements

Federal requirements for drivers with HAZMAT endorsements include:
– Passing the HAZMAT written knowledge test
– Completing the Federal Security Threat Assessment
– Providing proof of U.S. citizenship or appropriate immigration status
– An FBI Fingerprint check
– Federal criminal history background check; and
– Paying any additional fees for fingerprinting and background check.

Vision Test
The Motor Vehicle Examiner may give you an eye test before you take the CDL knowledge tests. The vision test measures how well you see. If you wear glasses or contact lenses to pass the vision tests, then you’ll be required to wear them when you drive. A corrective lenses restriction will be placed on your CDL.

Skills Test
The road skills test has three parts: pre-trip inspection, backing and on road. If your vehicle fails the pre-trip inspection for safety reasons, it will be considered a test failure and you must make an appointment to retake the pre-trip inspection test. If you fail the skills test three times, you must wait six months before you can retake it.

CDL Application Requirements in Vermont

You can pick up a CDL application and commercial driver manual at any DMV Office. When you go for your scheduled appointment, bring these completed forms with you (SOURCE).
– All Driver Licenses or Learner Permits issued to you by any state
– Birth certificate
– Proof of residency
– Proof of legal presence if applicable
– Social Security Number
– Proof of liability insurance and a valid registration certificate for the vehicle you will use for your skills tests. You will not be allowed to take any of the skills tests without these.
– The vehicle used for the skills test must have a valid inspection sticker and meet all inspection requirements
– For School Bus Endorsement: School Bus Endorsement Application (with knowledge test score recorded by examiner)

Vermont Trucking Related News

The Smuggler’s Notch stretch of Vermont state route 108 is only open seasonally but that’s more than enough time for truck drivers to get stuck in the Notch. Large vehicles are banned from the treacherous road, yet still drivers find themselves stuck there.

Believing that higher fines would deter drivers from using this route the Vermont legislature voted to raise fines from less than $200 to $2,000 if a large vehicle gets stuck. At first the increased fine worked as a deterrent but for the month of October, four of this year’s total eight cases have happened after the increase.

Hefty fines weren’t deterring some trucks, with too many drivers blindly following GPS device directions and not reading the posted signs. “I can tell you firsthand it’s a challenge to pass through there in a four-wheeler. There’s a house-size boulder at one point that the road goes around, and line of sight is barely beyond your own hood.

Any large vehicle, especially any tractor trailer, is doomed.” No Vermont driver has gotten stuck in the Notch. All have been out-of-state drivers (SOURCE).

304 PADDOCK ROAD LLC

Listed in
(802) 369-6070

304 PADDOCK RD, 5156
Interstate
2724608

911 EXPEDITED TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 622-4697

280 HOOD TRAIL, 5051
Interstate
2156602

A & D LOGGING

Listed in
(802) 285-2032

3988 HANNA ROAD, 05457-9716
Interstate
1117473

A & R TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(954) 816-6938

345 GRANITEVILLE ROAD, 5679
Interstate
1472774

A BUDGET ALTERNATIVE MOVING

Listed in
(802) 447-7070

19 COLEVILLE ROAD, 5201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1389503

A CONANT AND SONS TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 989-0363

2800 LOWER NOTCH RD, 5443
Interstate
1653726

A L ST ONGE CONTRACTOR INC

Listed in
(802) 326-4792

1701 NORTH MAIN STREET, 5470
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1994442

A STONE TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(802) 433-1251

156 INDUSTRY ST, 5679
Interstate
1076637

A-1 SEWER & DRAIN SERVICE

Listed in
(802) 438-5722

46 WALKER MOUNTAIN ROAD, 5759
Interstate
1108114

A’S AUTO AND TRUCK REPAIR INC

Listed in
(802) 254-1155

112 WHIPPLE DRIVE, 5301
Interstate
1240418

A&D AUTOMOTIVE INC

Listed in
(802) 877-2408

38 NEW HAVEN ROAD, 5491
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1031824

A&M PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LLC

Listed in
(802) 672-1048

1515 LYNDS HILL RD, 5056
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1803523

AARDVARK EXCAVATING

Listed in
(802) 316-7859

272 GOLD BROOK CIRCLE, 05672-5292
Interstate
2291192

AARON LEATHER

Listed in
(802) 754-8824

AP LEATHER TRUCKING, 5845
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1119748

ABANAKI INC

Listed in
(802) 483-9900

3036 US ROUTE 7, 5763
Interstate
2330498

ABANAKI INC

Listed in
(802) 483-9900

3036 US ROUTE 7, 5763
Interstate
2330498

ABBA FUELS

Listed in
(802) 893-3005

165 COBBLE HILL ROAD, 5468
Intrastate Hazmat
1162701

ABBOTT CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(802) 293-5420

875 NORTH MAIN STREET, 5739
Interstate
1789509

AC PAVING CORP

Listed in
(802) 863-6389

98 ENGINEERS DRIVE, 5495
Interstate
2022059

ACCESSIBILITY SYSTEMS INC

Listed in
(802) 434-3499

527 HINESBURG RD, 5477
Interstate
1593954

ACCUWORX USA INC

Listed in
(802) 522-1306

21 METRO WAY, 5641
Interstate
2369653

ACROSS USA CAR EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(802) 249-7912

138 S MAIN ST, 5641
Interstate
1746699

ACT LTD

Listed in
(802) 244-6963

7 STOWE STREET, 5676
Interstate
1258480

ACTR

Listed in
(802) 388-1946

297 CREEK ROAD, 5753
Interstate
1889932

AD ROSSI & PAVEMENT PRESERVATION SERVICES

Listed in
(802) 229-5261

140 INDUSTRIAL LANE - BERLIN, 5641
Interstate
255319

ADAM STONE TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 477-2799

2586 CHELSEA RD, 5679
Interstate
2382227

ADMHAULING LLC

Listed in
(802) 722-3476

6109 US RTE 5, 5143
Interstate
213110

AGRI-MARK INC

Listed in
(802) 496-1200

193 HOME FARMWAY, 5673
Interstate
192167

AGRICULTURAL SERVICE

Listed in
(802) 868-4050

109 NORTH RIVER RD, 5488
Interstate
106221

AHLI BABAS KABOB SHOP

Listed in
(802) 862-5752

163 MAIN ST, 5401
Interstate
2432908

AHLI BABAS KABOB SHOP

Listed in
(802) 862-5752

163 MAIN ST, 5401
Interstate
2432908

ALAN G LEETE

Listed in
(802) 429-2025

112 MAPLE HILL RD, 5069
Interstate
1416379

ALCO ENERGY PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(802) 223-0126

2043 VT ROUTE 14 SOUTH, 5651
Intrastate Hazmat
1678848

ALDERFER ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(802) 274-1990

526 BEAM ROAD, 5655
Interstate
2608644

ALL AROUND POWER EQUIPMENT LLC

Listed in
(802) 748-1413

1746 MEMORIAL DRIVE, 5819
Interstate
1165190

ALL SEASON MOVING & STORAGE INC

Listed in
(802) 375-9028

4531 RIVER ROAD, 5250
Interstate
1201781

ALL SEASONS TREE SERVICE LLP

Listed in
(802) 722-3008

514 WELLINGTON HILL ROAD, 5158
Interstate
1940730

ALL SERVICE CITGO LLC

Listed in
(802) 447-8918

165 W MAIN ST, 5201
Interstate
1894382

ALL STAR FUEL LLC

Listed in
(802) 453-3101

8 ELM STREET, 5443
Interstate
2394233

ALL-OUT WASTE MANAGEMENT LLC

Listed in
(802) 442-5064

2941VT RT 7A, 5262
Interstate
1767714

ALLANS VENDING SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(802) 296-7770

1060 NORTH HARTTLAND ROAD, 5001
Interstate
1150229

ALLSTATES GARAGE DOORS LLC

Listed in
(802) 889-9606

467 VT RTE 110, 5077
Interstate
1496490

ALLSTONE CORP

Listed in
(802) 875-6564

3643 RT103, 5143
Interstate
1310114

ALPINE SPRINKLER INC

Listed in
(802) 951-5909

77 ETHAN ALLEN DRIVE, 5403
Interstate
2072559

ALS SNOWMOBILE

Listed in
(802) 334-7239

3868 PINE HILL RD, 5855
Interstate
1767932

ALVA WASTE SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(802) 885-2994

176 POPPE ROAD, 5156
Interstate
1821573

AMEDEN CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(802) 297-1502

366 STONEHEDGE RD, 5343
Interstate
2637158

AN ARTISTIC ARBORIST

Listed in
(802) 234-5176

3279 PEAVINE BLVD, 5032
Interstate
1837809

ANDERSONVILLE TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(802) 525-3229

1448 DANIELS POND RD, 5875
Interstate
1461460

ANDREW J LAWRENCE

Listed in
(802) 233-8771

2939B DANE HILL RD, 5872
Interstate
2636633

ANSON BALDWIN TREE CARE LLC

Listed in
(802) 579-1484

649 FRANKLIN RD, 5354
Interstate
1936535

APOLLO FUELS

Listed in
(802) 345-5247

127 RIVER ST, 5201
Interstate
209923

AQUA VITEA

Listed in
(802) 453-8590

153 POND LANE, 5753
Interstate
2421682

ARBORCLIMB INC

Listed in
(180) 227-5894

54 MOON HOLLOW DRIVE, 5346
Interstate
2546349

AREA SEPTIC PUMPING COMPANY

Listed in
(802) 875-6551

1035 HOWARD HILL RD, 5143
Interstate
2026841

ARGENT COMMUNICATIONS LLC

Listed in
(877) 295-1254

9 HARRISON AVE, 5001
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2546298

ARLAN PIDGEON

Listed in
(802) 247-6361

1962 US RT 7, 5733
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1720557

AT YOUR HOUSE APPARATUS SERVICE AND REPAIR

Listed in
(802) 748-8820

480 ROUTE 2B, 05819-9198
Interstate
2165898

ATC TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(802) 922-0490

91 HEDGEROW DR, 5482
Interstate
2173211

ATLANTIC RELOCATION SERVICES INC

Listed in
(802) 733-6914

101 SETTLERS ROAD, 5201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2181501

AUDETS COW POWER LLC

Listed in
(802) 758-2179

1796 VT RTE 22A, 5734
Interstate
2597197

AUDY TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(802) 453-4499

3031 SOUTH 116 RD, 5443
Interstate
1597295

AUTOBAHN BODY WORKS

Listed in
(802) 862-0486

4 BERARD DR, 5403
Interstate
2407541

AUTOBAHN BODY WORKS

Listed in
(802) 862-0486

4 BERARD DR, 5403
Interstate
2407541

AUTOSMITH LLC

Listed in
(802) 899-2886

15 NORTH MAIN ST, 5465
Interstate
2063245

B & B TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(802) 754-6968

676 BRUNEAU DRIVE, 5845
Interstate
272831

B & G ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(802) 238-8989

2020 BOG RD, 5442
Interstate
1986309

B & H ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(802) 645-1961

116 VT RTE 30, 5774
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1182591

B & N TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 525-4988

820 BORLAND RD, 5875
Interstate
1461981

B AND B SEPTIC

Listed in
(802) 748-9858

2702 CREPEAULT HILL ROAD, 5819
Interstate
1770151

B H FARM

Listed in
(978) 544-6035

418 BAKER BROOK RD, 5362
Interstate
2345701

B H FARM

Listed in
(978) 544-6035

418 BAKER BROOK RD, 5362
Interstate
2345701

B L ROY TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 274-9499

3971 US ROUTE 5, 5861
Interstate
2352674

B L ROY TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 274-9499

3971 US ROUTE 5, 5861
Interstate
2352674

B M MOREAU TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 334-3177

513 GLEN RD, 5855
Interstate
1312406

B P CONCRETE LLC

Listed in
(802) 372-9698

81 HYDE RD, 5458
Interstate
1877091

B-A-R-T ENERGY LLC

Listed in
(802) 463-9944

4 TRANSPORT PARK, 5101
Interstate
1445131

B&G TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 839-9297

142 CLUB SUGARBUSH #3, 5674
Interstate
2007612

B&J ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(802) 733-6396

473 CHAPEL RD, 5201
Interstate
2553306

BAIERLEIN LANDSCAPING INC

Listed in
(802) 645-0803

177 BAUER ROAD, 5775
Interstate
1764133

BAKER DISTRIBUTING CORPORATION

Listed in
(802) 773-3397

395 NORTH SHREWSBURY RD, 05759-0050
Interstate
179219

BALDWIN EXCAVATION LLC

Listed in
(802) 257-7927

445 FRANKLIN ROAD, 5354
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1949138

BARRE TILE INC

Listed in
(802) 476-0912

889 RTE 14, 5670
Interstate
1047369

BARRE TOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Listed in
(802) 476-6617

70 WEBSTERVILLE ROAD, 5641
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1959113

BARROWS AND FISHER OIL COMPANY

Listed in
(802) 254-4574

55 DEPOT STREET, 5301
Interstate
111530

BARROWS ATV

Listed in
(802) 484-5926

1328 ROUTE 44, 5037
Interstate
1630693

BARRUP FARMS INC

Listed in
(802) 334-2331

516 LOWER QUARRY ROAD, 5829
Interstate
207733

BARRY W MARTIN

Listed in
(802) 436-2636

253 US ROUTE 5, 5048
Interstate
2403262

BATHALON TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 334-7226

832 CITY FARM ROAD, 5855
Interstate
252805

BAZIN FARM

Listed in
(802) 722-4759

4878 US ROUTE 5, 5158
Interstate
2092736

BB TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 328-2671

SHORES HILL ROAD, 5840
Interstate
257389

BBAF OF VERMONT INC

Listed in
(802) 244-6683

19 EAST STREET, 5676
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1817462

BCM INVESTORS LLC

Listed in
(802) 892-1039

154 WEST SIDE DRIVE, 5906
Interstate
1708100

BEAR’S DEN CARVING

Listed in
(802) 365-4403

53 BURBEE LANE, 5353
Interstate
1779806

BEARTOWN BUILDING & DESIGN INC

Listed in
(802) 375-9634

6192 SANDGATE RD, 5250
Interstate
1764947

BEAUDOIN PAVING LLC

Listed in
(802) 442-6589

68 BEAUDOIN LANE, 5201
Interstate
1191699

BEAUREGARD EQUIPMENT INCORPORATED

Listed in
(802) 893-0025

28 JASPER MINE ROAD, 5446
Interstate
1213608

BECKER LANDSCAPING & FENCE INC

Listed in
(802) 442-3640

5085 VT RTE 7A, 5262
Interstate
1522297

BEECH HILL TRUCKING

Listed in
(802) 453-2992

161 TOWN HILL RD, 5472
Interstate
1034787

BELLCO ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(802) 451-9503

127 SUNSET LAKE RD, 5301
Interstate
2355564