Wanting To Drive With Felonies

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Jeremy B.'s Comment
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Is it possible to become a truck driver with serious felonies? Also who knows someone willing to allow me to rent or use there class b truck in or near wilmington, Delaware to take the class B road test if I am not able to get training as a class A driver due to my felonies. I have been serving for months with no results. Can't get funding for Class A because I am told I won't be able to get a job. Is there ant help for me at all, driving is my deepest desire and I'm not ready to give up on my dream as of yet.

Starcar's Comment
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OK...the felonies will stop you from getting a JOB with a class A....but you can still go to school and get a class A. Try the community colleges, and check with the employment office about their WIA program, to pay for school. I'm not sure of the required hours you will need to drive a class B. Good Luck. !!!

Jeremy B.'s Comment
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Ok guess that's done with the class A. What can you tell me about the difficulties of becoming a class B driver ? Are the rules as unforgiving as an class A ? And thank you for your response

Daniel B.'s Comment
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The only difference is you won't be taking the Combination Vehicles exam. Getting a Class B is a cake walk.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Phil P.'s Comment
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How long ago was your last felony?

The only difference is you won't be taking the Combination Vehicles exam. Getting a Class B is a cake walk.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Phil P.'s Comment
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How long ago was your last felony? Is it true that the DAC only goes back 10 years?

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The only difference is you won't be taking the Combination Vehicles exam. Getting a Class B is a cake walk.

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Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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As long as your felonies were more than 10 years ago and did not envolve drugs or dui/dwi You should be ok to get a driving job.

Now this is not written in stone but most class B jobs you work 12 to 15 hour days doing local deliveries and hand unload the product yourself. Its a tougher job than driving otr in a 18 wheeler.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Pat M.'s Comment
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Go for your class A

Heck you can get a local job hauling belly or end dump trailers. Maybe even dump trucks with pups.

It's not OTR but it pays way better than Burger King and you get more hours.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Scott B.'s Comment
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I'm in kind of the same situation as you and there are companies that will give you a shot provided enough time has passed and the nature of the charge is not a dis-qualifier. Also, very few trucking companies make the decisions about previous felonies themselves. Their insurance company makes that decisions for them. PM me Jeremy with the approximate dates and charges and I can give you some recomendations as to which carriers might give you a shot. (and when I get my own truck, I'll make sure you get the #)rofl-3.gif

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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also, very few trucking companies make the decisions about previous felonies themselves. Their insurance company makes that decisions for them

Simply not true. While theft and fraud would make insurance companies scream crimes like drug trafficking and rape(basically class Y felonies) companies won't touch you do to the type of offense it was and companies turn you down mainly do to length of time but also don't want people with those type of felonies cause there is a chance that it can happen again then it's the legal department that starts screaming.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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