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What qualifications do cargo van drivers need?

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Requirements vary by company, but many cargo driver companies require prior driving experience, a good driving record, the ability to meet the job's physical demands, a high-school diploma or equivalent, and the ability to pass company-administered tests. Some driving jobs also require special licenses, such as Class D or B.

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Many companies require at least one year of driving experience, and some specify a verifiable one-year experience driving cargo trucks. The candidate may need to pass the DOT Medical Exam, Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification or company-administered road tests, as well criminal background and driving record checks. Some companies specify a maximum number of traffic violations under which a candidate can be considered. For example, US Cargo requires that its Sprinter Drivers have no more than two moving violations within the previous three years.

Physical requirements vary by company and cargo. CrossCountry Freight Solutions requires part-time drivers to be able to lift up to 75 pounds, whereas US Cargo specifies lifting up to 75 pounds occasionally and 35 pounds frequently.

Some jobs require no special license, such as delivery drivers for Expak Logistics. CrossCountry Freight Solutions requires a Class D license of its part-time drivers, giving preference to the additional possession of a Class B license.

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