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Trucking Company Policies For Drivers With DUI-DWI

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016

What New Drivers Need To Know About Getting A Truck Driving Job With A DUI Or DWI:

FMCSA regulations state that a second conviction for a CDL-holder for operating a vehicle, commercial or otherwise, under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or a second refusal, will disqualify a driver from obtaining a CDL for life.

See Also: Disqualifications For CDL-Holders

Many companies will hire drivers with a DUI or DWI , and most will require a certain amount of time to have passed since the incident occurred. Keep in mind, that in most cases the clock will only start ticking after final remediation of the incident, i.e. driving privileges have been restored.

If possible, it is recommended that new drivers with DUI's or DWI's on their record look to company-sponsored CDL training, or, at the very least, get as many pre-hire letters as they can before attending truck driving school. In other words, don't waste the time or money on truck driving school if there is slim hope of landing a driving job, depending on your situation.

Most states will use the terms DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated).

How Long After A DUI Or DWI Will A Trucking Company Hire A Driver?

The short answer is that it varies from company to company. Most will require that the DUI be between at least 5-7 years old. Following is a breakdown of wait times for CDL drivers to be considered for employment While these are requirements provided by the trucking companies, be advised that they, of course, reserve the right to hire or not hire on an individual basis.:

Companies That Will Hire Drivers With DUI or DWI Less Than 5 Years Old:

  • No DUI within last 3 years.
  • At least 3 years old, only 1 DUI allowed lifetime.
  • Must have no record of citation or conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the 3-year period prior.
  • DUI or drug/alcohol-related incidents in a motor vehicle: None will be allowed in the last 4 years, one in the last 10 years, 2 in a lifetime, zero in a CMV.
  • No driving while intoxicated or under influence in the last 3 years.
  • No DUI / DWI within the last 2 years, no multiple offenses within the last 7 years.
  • No DUI, Citation/Conviction for Reckless Operation in the past 3 years.
  • Have no record of DUI, Reckless Driving, License Suspension or Accidents during the past 3 years.
  • No DUI or DWI listed on your MVR within the last 3 years.
  • DUI/DWI will be considered if the offense is older than 3 years. 2 DUI/DWI convictions regardless of time is a disqualification.
  • No DUI convictions in the last two years.
  • DUI-DWI must be over 3 years old, and only 1 allowed lifetime.
  • No DUI or DWI in the last 3 years. None ever in a CMV.
  • No Serious or disqualifying traffic violations within the last 3 years.
  • No DUI or DWI in the last 3 years, 1 maximum lifetime.
  • No DUI or DWI for 3 years. No license suspension or revocation for more than 30 days in the past 3 years.

Companies That Require 5 Years Since DUI or DWI:

  • No convictions for DUI or DWI within the past 5 years.
  • Must not have had an Alcohol offense (DUI, DWI, OUI) in the last 5 years.
  • DUI, none in last 5 years (only one ever).
  • No alcohol related driving offenses in the last 5 years. Alcohol related driving offenses reviewed on an individual basis
  • No DWI, DUI, careless, or reckless driving convictions in the past 5 years.
  • No DUI, DWI, or open container violations in the last 5 years. No more than 1 DUI in the last 15 years and no more than 2 DUI's in your lifetime.
  • No Drug/Alcohol Violations in the last 5 years.
  • No DUI within the last 5 years.
  • No DUI within the last 5 years.
  • No DUI within the last 5 years.
  • No DUI/DWI, drug or alcohol related convictions within past 5 years.
  • No DUI within the last 5 years.
  • DUI/DWI has to be at least 5 yrs old.
  • Any DUI, DWI, or OWI must be over 5 years old.
  • No DUI or DWI convictions or positive drug screens or events in the past five (5) years.
  • No DWI, DUI, or reckless driving convictions within the last 5 years.
  • DUI/DWI needs to be 5 years old and no more than one offense in a lifetime.
  • No DUI within the past 5 years (only 1 in a life time and none in a CMV).
  • No DUI or DWI in the last 5 years.
  • No DUI convictions in the past 5 years.
  • No DUI's, or DWI's in the last 5 yrs.
  • No DUI or DWI in the last 5 years.
  • No DUI or DWI in the last 5 years.
  • No alcohol or drug related charges within the past 5 years.
  • No DUI/DWI less than 5 years old (No more than one in a lifetime).
  • No DUI/DWI in the last 5 years.
  • No felonies or DUI's in the last 5 years.
  • No serious violations in the last 5 years.
  • Have not been convicted of any substance or alcohol related offense within the previous 5 years.
  • No DUI or DWI in last 5 years.
  • No drug or alcohol related offenses in the last 5 years.
  • No felonies or DUI's in the last 5 years.
  • No drug or alcohol offenses within 5 years, 1 in the last 7 years, 2 in a lifetime.
  • No criminal convictions (misdemeanors including DUI’s and DWI's) within the last 5 years. (Includes probation time)
  • No DWI, DUI in the past 5 years.
  • No drug or alcohol related offenses in the past 5 years, no more than 1 in a lifetime.
  • No DWI or DUI convictions within the past 5 years.
  • No DUI, DWI, drug or alcohol related convictions within the last five (5) years. No history of drug and/or alcohol abuse in connection with the operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Ability to enter Canada may be required.
  • Must be 5 years old.
  • DUI/DWI/BACs convictions must be 5 years old. If the license was suspended, driver is eligible for employment 5 years after their license is reinstated.

Companies That Require 6 Years Since DUI or DWI:

Companies That Require 7 Years Or More Since DUI Or DWI:

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • CSA:

    Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

    The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

    FMCSA:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

    What Does The FMCSA Do?

    • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
    • Data and Analysis
    • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
    • Research and Technology
    • Safety Assistance
    • Support and Information Sharing

    CMV:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle

    A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
    • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
    • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

    Fm:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    DUI:

    Driving Under the Influence

    DWI:

    Driving While Intoxicated

    OWI:

    Operating While Intoxicated

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