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Tanner M.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your comments and advice. I will deffinaly think about giving Roehl a call and seeing if I could possibly start over with them again. Some of you asked if I called them right away and explained what happened to them. I did call them. The day it happened. But my actual fleet manager didn't call me till 3 days later due to being out of state. I think he was doing some training? Some of you also asked about showing a police report. That defiantly would of been a good idea. But at the time I didn't even think of that. I just called and explained what happened. I can also understand that to my fleet manager if might of seemed like I.just didn't want to do it. He probably heard stuff like that all the time from others. But like I said. At the time I didn't even think to show him the police report.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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I hope your sister is ok. Good luck getting back on your feet.

BillTheSlink's Comment
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You've already been told to try back at Roehl so I won't restate the obvious, but there was something I wanted to say based on my past experience as a career councilor. You said you were concerned with using Roehl as a reference if you go to a new place. Do not try to get on some place without stating you were an employee of Roehl. It will be found out and omitting this from your work history will be an automatic disqualifier. Even in non-transportation fields all they have to do to find out every job you have had is by running a Social Security report. In the transportation industry they use something call HireRite and it shows up everything and your CDL work history. If you hide anything you will be denied employment. It would be far better to acknowledge it upfront and explain what happened to a recruiter. I mean "stuff happens" but if you're honest about it you have a good shot of making a comeback.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Tanner, it sounds as if you really did handle this properly. Knowing now what we do, I would definitely try my best to speak with Roehl and see if there is something that can be worked out. Remember that this career choice is a huge commitment, and you kind of already gave them a scare that you are not ready for this. If you go into it again, make sure that you can stay the course. Hopefully they will work with you and you can get things moving in the right direction toward a rewarding and prosperous career.

Roehl is a great place to get started. They have a really awesome program for training rookie drivers. I particularly like the way they have a special set of driver managers for their new drivers that are trained to help you make all the adjustments that are critical to a newbies success, and then once they are comfortable with your performance they hand you off to a regular dispatcher who will do his best to keep you busy. That shows an exceptional commitment to your success on their part.

Best of luck, and please keep us posted. There may very well be some other things that you could benefit from asking in here while on your journey.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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