Red Hook on the Road (RHOR) helps unemployed and low-income New Yorkers start good careers in commercial driving.  After four weeks of classroom and behind-the-wheel training, RHOR students are prepared to take the NYS CDL road test.  Once licensed, RHOR places graduates in a variety of jobs driving school buses, coaches, Access-A-Ride vehicles, and trucks.

Since the program’s launch in 1995, RHOR has trained more than 2000 graduates and placed drivers with hundreds of companies.  RHOR maintains a consistently high pass rate (90% or higher) on the NYS commercial driver’s license road test.  Virtually every graduate who passes the road test finds employment as a commercial driver.

Ready for a new career as a commercial driver?

Red Hook on the Road accepts new students year round.

•Red Hook on the Road is a free 4 week intensive hands-on training program that will help you earn the NYS CDL and find work as a commercial driver.

•We provide behind-the-wheel training to drive Class B/BP/BPS commercial vehicles. 

•Job placement assistance is available for 2+ years after graduation so you can advance into better positions with higher pay.


To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:

•Live in New York City & be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

•21 years or older

•Have a clean, valid NY State Driver’s License for at least 2 years with no more than 2 points or one suspension (that has been cleared for at least 2 years) or one conviction showing on the driver record. No combination of the above is allowed. Also, no speeding tickets or D.U.I.s

•Obtain and submit a driver record from the DMV that must be less than 30 days old

•Able to attend training Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

•Must Be Unemployed


BWI welcomes individuals with past criminal convictions to apply.

New Red Hook on the Road classes start every month.

To learn more call 718-237-4846.


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