Having Trouble With Pre Hires And Speeding Tickets.

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Jim M.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, Been a lurker on here for a while. I am currently attending Roadmaster in Tulsa, OK. Just started Saturday. I have been turned down by Melton and Maverick and have not heard back from several others on pre hires. TMC, Keim TS, and Paul

The problem is I have 2 speeding tickets. One in February of 2013 for 21 over and one in August 2013 for 15 over. No accidents, no criminal, only 2 employers in last 15 years.

AM I wasting my time getting my CDL since I have the speeding on my record? Any suggestions on company's that will hire me? Obviously want to flatbed from my choices above.

The High Road Training Program is AWESOME!! Helped me tremendously in passing my permit tests the first time.

Thank you, Jim M.

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.

Dm:

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.

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I don't know if your wasting you time but what I would do is apply to all the major companies like swift cr england crst Werner us xpress just hit them all up and hope for the best.... At this point its going to be hard to find a company that will hire you with that 21 mph over the limit and so if you find a company bust your butt and show them your a safe reliable and dependable driver for at least a year and then you should be good

Jim M.'s Comment
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Thank You Scott! Appreciate the answer. It has been 2 years since that ticket. I hope that helps me a little bit.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Thank You Scott! Appreciate the answer. It has been 2 years since that ticket. I hope that helps me a little bit.

Some want anywhere from 3 to 7 years but with the one that's 21 mph might hurt your chances but I do recommend you to check out cr England because they do take people with a not so good driving record as so I heard not really sure about that.... But what's the worse that a company can say NO and then you move on to the next ..... Don't give up till you got a no from every single company out there as I'm sure at least one will hire you.... Stay positive

Rick S.'s Comment
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I've got a 57/35 (motorcycle - dumba$$ me) over 3 years ago. It was "adjudication withheld" (not a CONVICTION), so I'm not sure how that one is going to affect me.

Applications ask for CONVICTIONS. Jim - were your citations CONVICTIONS?

Rick

Old School's Comment
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Jim, the problem is that both those tickets are fifteen or more over. That is a huge hurdle for you to get over. Those things are considered as reckless driving tickets by the trucking companies. Some of them do not allow any of those type of tickets.

Hang in there and apply everywhere you can. If you land a job, jump in with both feet and do a bang up job of proving yourself to them. That is the one thing that will help you get past this problem. Do not give up and quit, thinking you can find something better, it will only hurt your chances. You need some time at a company, at least a good solid year of proving yourself before you star looking for greener pastures. If you can get on somewhere and stay for a while that will increase your chances of overcoming those speeding tickets tremendously.

Keep at it, and lighten up on that accelerator!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jim M.'s Comment
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I've got a 57/35 (motorcycle - dumba$$ me) over 3 years ago. It was "adjudication withheld" (not a CONVICTION), so I'm not sure how that one is going to affect me.

Applications ask for CONVICTIONS. Jim - were your citations CONVICTIONS?

Rick

Im not sure about convictions, it is on my MVR as Citations.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Jim M.'s Comment
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Jim, the problem is that both those tickets are fifteen or more over. That is a huge hurdle for you to get over. Those things are considered as reckless driving tickets by the trucking companies. Some of them do not allow any of those type of tickets.

Hang in there and apply everywhere you can. If you land a job, jump in with both feet and do a bang up job of proving yourself to them. That is the one thing that will help you get past this problem. Do not give up and quit, thinking you can find something better, it will only hurt your chances. You need some time at a company, at least a good solid year of proving yourself before you star looking for greener pastures. If you can get on somewhere and stay for a while that will increase your chances of overcoming those speeding tickets tremendously.

Keep at it, and lighten up on that accelerator!

Thank You for the words of encouragement. The 21 over was at night and on a country road in the middle of nowhere and there just happened to be a county sherriff coming by. My bad luck. But, I accept rresponsibility for my actions and will keep my nose clean and see what happens.

I have definetely lightened up on the accelerator!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jim M.'s Comment
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Well, all is not completely lost. Western Express said they will hire me. Are there any Western drivers here on the forum? Any information you guys can give me about them. I am really wanting to drive flatbed.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Well, all is not completely lost. Western Express said they will hire me. Are there any Western drivers here on the forum? Any information you guys can give me about them. I am really wanting to drive flatbed.

Old School is the man to talk to. He started with Western Express and he drives flatbed so he can definitely give you the skinny. Good luck!

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