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Scott B.'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

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also don't want people with those type of felonies cause there is a chance that it can happen again

In my experience, a person with a 15 yr. old plus old trafficking charge that has a squeaky clean record since is way less likely to repeat the behavior. Just as a child thats been burned by a hot stove is less likely to touch one than one who hasn't. People make mistakes. Some pay the penalty, learn from the experience, and move on wiser, stronger and better for it. Some fall into a pattern of behavior and repeat the same mistakes over an over. Judging a middle age man for something he did once as a young man is folly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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

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also don't want people with those type of felonies cause there is a chance that it can happen again

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In my experience, a person with a 15 yr. old plus old trafficking charge that has a squeaky clean record since is way less likely to repeat the behavior. Just as a child thats been burned by a hot stove is less likely to touch one than one who hasn't. People make mistakes. Some pay the penalty, learn from the experience, and move on wiser, stronger and better for it. Some fall into a pattern of behavior and repeat the same mistakes over an over. Judging a middle age man for something he did once as a young man is folly.

I completely agree. People do change. I am proof of that but I am not the one making the call. The lawyers are the ones that are doing the shot calling and unfortunately a lot of companies loose out on some very good people because of a mistake that was made in the past.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Damon S.'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

I'm a felon and I still went and got my class A I'm not going to let my felonies discourage me for going after what I want I just got them a week ago so I'm going to apply for class a or b jobs with them someone out there is going to give you a shot I know to many people with felonies who are driving don't give up

Shiva'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.

If he killed someone, then he would never get a job that requires a 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.

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have an excellent List Of Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies. It lists each company and their policy on hiring felons.

What you do not want to do is invest the time and money in getting a CDL assuming you're going to land a job after that. You might, you might not. Just because you have a CDL doesn't mean companies will be interested in you. Liability is everything in this industry. If you get in a wreck they're going to go after the company so they have to be careful about who they hire.

To find out if you're going to have much luck finding work you can apply for pre-hires. That basically means you'll Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and the companies will then tell you if you would qualify to work there upon completion of your training and obtaining your CDL. If you can get two or three pre-hires you know you'll be able to land work after school.

Here is some great information on pre-hires:

Our wiki page on pre-hire letters

Understanding Pre-Hire Letters: The What, Why, And How Of This Important Step

Trucker's Forum Topics Tagged CDL Pre-Hire

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Auggie69'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

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I'm a felon and I still went and got my class A I'm not going to let my felonies discourage me for going after what I want I just got them a week ago so I'm going to apply for class a or b jobs with them someone out there is going to give you a shot I know to many people with felonies who are driving don't give up

Keep us posted on your search. I'm sure your experiences will help others.

Pam H.'s Comment
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I have question how can someone have a cdl and be convicted of a felony a drug felony how can they get a cdl how is that possible and to top it off she spent 15 years in prison for it

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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Pam, you are new here, and we welcome you!

We don't know you yet, but your very first inquiry sounds almost as if you were upset that someone you know has a CDL.

We don't judge people here, we merely give helpful advice as we can. Can you rephrase your question, or am I understanding you correctly?

We've had several drivers in here who spent a good deal of time in prison. That doesn't condemn them to a life of never being able to accomplish anything. If anything, it proves they are resilient, and able to get themselves back on track. I'm proud of anyone who can turn things around against the great odds and barriers that society puts against them. It's no easy task becoming a Class A commercial driver with a felony background. Anyone who accomplishes that is to be commended.

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.
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