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David O.'s Comment
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I joined this site a couple of years ago. I somewhat disregarded some important comments about my road attitude (speeding) and pretty much gave up when the recruiter I spoke with said they like a year of clean driving.

I think I'm now ready.

I have been reading through some posts by people in similar positions but am hoping to get a review on my specific situation.

It's been well over a year since my last speeding ticket. 1/30/2016 I was involved in an accident, 100% fault other party. Approximately three weeks ago I quit recreationally using Marijuana.

I have roughly two years experience driving 1 ton straight trucks 14-24 foot and three months experience driving a 25,500 gvw 21 foot roll back tow truck with air brakes.

I have never driven or even ridden in a truck larger than that tow truck.

I'm thinking I should wait a couple more weeks on the drug test, which will give me time to study the material on this site, minimize my belongings/ find a storage unit and sell off two of my three cars.

Any input will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

Big Scott's Comment
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You may have to wait longer than 3 months for all the THC to leave your system. Depending on how fast you were going for the speeding ticket will depend how much time needs to pass before a company will take you. Do you have a police report from the accident to prove it wasn't your fault? If you can get your CDL A on your own and pass a drug test, then Carolina Cargo may take you.

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.
David O.'s Comment
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I hadn't really thought about doing it on my own, I was thinking it's difficult to find a job or even a truck to use for the test?

Big Scott's Comment
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By on your own I meant through a private truck school. You would need a certificate from that company as well as your CDL.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I hadn't really thought about doing it on my own, I was thinking it's difficult to find a job or even a truck to use for the test?

On this site, we do not recommend working for a CDL-A on your own. It is possible, you do get a legal CDL license, but no major or even "minor" company will even give you the time of day.

If you're looking to get a trucking job, you must get your training from a school that provides 160 hours of classroom and road training to prepare you for the CDL skills test.

The time since any accident or traffic ticket depends on the company. The time since your last weed toke needs to be at least six months. Pee tests cover a shorter time, but hair follicle tests might go back 90 days. The official drug test is more than a go/no go situation. If you test positive, that goes on your record and your career is about over before you start.

You might consider paying for your own drug test, and make sure that come back negative before starting school.

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.
BillTheSlink's Comment
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Two things. Congrats on giving up the weed. I know it is not like coming of heroine or crack, but I know people who just didn't have the backbone to do it. I worked for a non-profit that provided career counceling guidenice and help find people jobs and you will not believe the people who blew golden opportunities with great jobs just because they wouldn't leave the wacky tobacco alone. I myself gave up my prescription pain killer for my bum ankle the Dr. has had me on forever because it is my understanding you can't take them and drive a truck even if prescribed. The other thing is that you can by drug tests at the major pharmacys. At CVS the one they sell has a picture of a teenage boy on it. There are two different ones that test for different drugs so read it over for the one that applies to you. I am pretty sure it's a hair test because it is designed to test teens without them knowing it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

David O.'s Comment
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Great advice folks, thanks.

I quit the weed for roughly 4 years along with booze and adulterous activities. As one could imagine, I got bored. I picked the booze back up to drop the greens but then I was even more bored since there's no chance I'll ever drive drunk. Clean again, at least until I can find a lady who I can deal with?

I'll go buy some tests on pay day and try them weekly. After a couple cheapies come negative I guess I'll get a hold of the local testing facility?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Keep in mind, the more you smoked and longer you smoked the longer it will take to get out of your system. So trying to figure it out on a time table might be difficult.

Can u try a home kit first from a pharmacy?

Also be sure to find which companies do hair testing or not.

David O.'s Comment
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I'm definitely going to do a few home kits and maybe even a full lab sample before I go apply anywhere.

There's an outfit locally called LabCorp, I think it's under $80. If that's what it takes to avoid a 5 year problem, then that's what it takes. They say 3 months on hair, so I'm thinking I'll shave in two months then wait 3 more. I should be thoroughly upset with the Florida sun by then. My current job sucks in the summer especially, so I'll be ready to leave this chapter behind.

Thanks everyone for the input, in the meantime I'll be working on customizing my Atlas, studying the high road and minimizing my belongings to obtain a storage unit and ditch the room I've been renting.

My mom is going to kill me for making her watch my dog for weeks at a time, but I'll finally be able to buy her that fence for the back yard.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Failing a drug test is not a five year problem. It's a lifetime problem. Just remember that.

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