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kazza1214's Comment
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Called recruiter today they said need 18-24 month work in last 3yrs D.O.T regs. I dont have any in 4 yrs not a potato on unemployment either. I want to drive a semi. Do i need 2yrs b.s work? Driving history goes back 10yrs I still have class B and 3 endorsements no restrictions clean record forever.Can i call D.O.T and get exemption? Will it matter? I am devastated!!! What should i do?

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Do you have a family member with a different last name or a friend who owns a business either large or small company if there willing to tell the company you worked under the table for them. All they want to know is if you are a reliable person, your work ethic and did you get drug test and what was the results if so. I mean that's the only way to really go around the grey spot. Or I mean do you have a good reason why you was unemployed for so long and no unemployment check. I mean a good reason may work aswell

Old School's Comment
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Kazza1214, this is not an insurmountable problem. In fact a lot of people have come through here with this same problem. I don't know what you were doing during that time, but basically they just need an accounting of the time with out any blank time slots. Look, if you weren't working maybe you were a stay at home mom, or maybe you were a student, maybe you were experimenting with developing some new form of organic gardening, it doesn't really matter. You've just got to show what it was that you were doing and then have a friend, and preferably two friends, write a note verifying that you were doing what you claim. Take the notes to a public notary and have them notarized. This will suffice with a lot of companies, not all, but quite a few will accept something like this.

kazza1214's Comment
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I was a stay at home parent those are 18-20 days when a child is sick. I also went to school and helped in law on ranch. I do not work under table or otherwise engage in illegal activities. Never failed a drug test and never will. Worst thing i do is have a glass of red wine if i eat pork for heart health. I run 5k daily and workout so i am very fit so no physical limitations. My wife is a vey busy nurse so i was not worried about money. They said i need taxable work history. I dont lie so forging work history not an option integrity reasons. What job can i do for a year or so to make me more appealing? Got an offer for armed guard. I can wait i dont like to buck the system. I speak spanish and french i know trucking jobs go to mexico and canada. That should help. Not giving up advice on jobs that appeal to trucking companies? I wont let a hurdle stop my dream.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B.'s Comment
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Called recruiter today they said need 18-24 month work in last 3yrs D.O.T regs. I dont have any in 4 yrs not a potato on unemployment either. I want to drive a semi. Do i need 2yrs b.s work? Driving history goes back 10yrs I still have class B and 3 endorsements no restrictions clean record forever.Can i call D.O.T and get exemption? Will it matter? I am devastated!!! What should i do?

Is this true about DOT requiring 18-24 work in last three years? I too have not worked in four years.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

kazza1214's Comment
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That is what 4 companies told me.

Old School's Comment
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Yes guys, work history is a requirement from the D.O.T. You will need a three year history if you are a rookie. I want you to understand that you can still get in even if you didn't work during that time period. Not all companies will hire you, and maybe most of the company sponsored training programs will not take you, but I have helped several people get hired into the industry who either had a very poor or non existent work history. We just documented what it was that they were doing, had it confirmed and verified by two witnesses, and then got it notarized. We didn't lie or make anything up, we just told the truth and had verifiable witnesses write a statement that confirmed what we had reported.

The door is not closed to you if you have no recent work history, but they have to be able to confirm that what you are telling them is true and accurate. There will be some companies that are stricter on this requirement than others, but they will all require some sort of documentation.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Yes guys, work history is a requirement from the D.O.T. You will need a three year history if you are a rookie. I want you to understand that you can still get in even if you didn't work during that time period. Not all companies will hire you, and maybe most of the company sponsored training programs will not take you, but I have helped several people get hired into the industry who either had a very poor or non existent work history. We just documented what it was that they were doing, had it confirmed and verified by two witnesses, and then got it notarized. We didn't lie or make anything up, we just told the truth and had verifiable witnesses write a statement that confirmed what we had reported.

The door is not closed to you if you have no recent work history, but they have to be able to confirm that what you are telling them is true and accurate. There will be some companies that are stricter on this requirement than others, but they will all require some sort of documentation.

Hey Old School. You seem like the perfect fella who can give me a solid answer

I quit my job and been unemployed for 3 months. (mom died and being the eldest child the legal aspect falls to me, and it's taking so long cause the bank is being a huge pain in the rear) So I figured since it's close to my birthday and being of age the Company I am talking to requires. ( Hazmat tanker company) the combination hazmat tanker tractors seems like a good challenge and change. And they will train me since all I have is Flatbed experience to instead of going to a company driving for a couple months and quitting and and getting another employer on my record to just wait it out.

So my question is, Do you know how much time away from driving (I still have an active CDL and current up to date medical card) I can have untill I have to have a refresher course or retake the exams and what not?

Thanks and stay safe out there.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Lil Spud's Comment
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I was a stay at home parent those are 18-20 days when a child is sick. I also went to school and helped in law on ranch. I do not work under table or otherwise engage in illegal activities. Never failed a drug test and never will. Worst thing i do is have a glass of red wine if i eat pork for heart health. I run 5k daily and workout so i am very fit so no physical limitations. My wife is a vey busy nurse so i was not worried about money. They said i need taxable work history. I dont lie so forging work history not an option integrity reasons. What job can i do for a year or so to make me more appealing? Got an offer for armed guard. I can wait i dont like to buck the system. I speak spanish and french i know trucking jobs go to mexico and canada. That should help. Not giving up advice on jobs that appeal to trucking companies? I wont let a hurdle stop my dream.

I had this very same issue. I was a stay at home mom for the past 4 years as well. I called everyone I could think of and then finally I find a company willing to allow me in. I have to have 3 people that know me well write a letter stating why I was unemployed it didn't matter the reason just that I wasn't in prison or in another country. I had my sister in law, my cousin and a good friend who all knew I was taking care of my children write letters and they included things like church activities, school activities for the kids, etc and they accepted it. They also told me that Job search is another acceptable activity.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bart S.'s Comment
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Get prepaid cell phones and create fake names for fake references and pretend you are the reference. It works like a charm. I had a professor in tech school that had been a Human Resources director for a large corporation. He taught every class to do just that. I even created Email addresses for my "references"... Its a jungle out there. Go for the throat and dont stop until you get what you need.

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