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Stone's Comment
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Just found out that my 8 year old OUI is gonna effect me getting some jobs. I expected I might have issues, didn't know what to expect though. I'm 3 days into my CDL program and haven't put any applications out yet. Anyone ever been in this situation or have any advice? Thanks

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Stone is concerned:

Just found out that my 8 year old OUI is gonna effect me getting some jobs. I expected I might have issues, didn't know what to expect though. I'm 3 days into my CDL program and haven't put any applications out yet. Anyone ever been in this situation or have any advice? Thanks

Take a deep breath..., in-and-out..., a couple of times. Don't panic and don't listen to everything you hear. It might effect your ability to get a job. Although I have never been in your situation, I know others drivers on the forum have been. Notice I used the word "drivers".

Although I believe there will be others offering first-hand experience and advice, in the mean time please take a look at this link: Trucking Company Policies on DUI/DWI

Obviously there are no guarantees, but I would proceed with your plans; read the link and submit your applications accordingly.

Good luck.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Stone's Comment
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Thanks for the link G-Town! I'm feeling a little bit better seeing all that. I'll feel 100% better when I actually get a job driving lol But I see its not as bad as I thought so I'm keeping my spirits up! Thanks again

mountain girl's Comment
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We've ALL made mistakes. That first job will be key. Once you land it, the more employed-time you can put between the job and the dui , the more credibility you will have for the next phase in your career.

You might have to prove yourself for a while but the blemish will fade in time.

While in school, you can start researching pre-hires. There's a link for that on this site.

For now, focus on your training and just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

-mountain girl

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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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Stone's Comment
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Thanks for the reply mountain girl. It's good to know there's some good direction here to work with and I have a chance to prove my worth. I'm feeling very good about things now that I've had some time to think and read the comments.

I don't know if it's worth doing but even knowing a company that has the 10 year policy with DUI I'll still put in an app just so they know I'm interested. Although I haven't read or heard that as recommended advice I still want them to know I'm here and interested. Meanwhile I'll get what I can get and work towards credibility like you said. Then after a year submit another app.

Looks like this weekend I'll be putting in some hours doing apps and see what comes of it... who knows maybe something good will pop up.

Thanks again mountain girl!

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BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Phil C.'s Comment
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Some companies have a zero DUI ever policy, like Schneider, but most are no DUI in 7 years. Just start talking to recruiters and check the wiki here for info: DUI in TT wiki

Phil

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Some companies have a zero DUI ever policy, like Schneider, but most are no DUI in 7 years. Just start talking to recruiters and check the wiki here for info: DUI in TT wiki

Phil

Hmmmmmm? Schneider knows I had a DUI almost 20 years ago and was one of the first to contact me. Fact is, they are just waiting for me to start CDL school and will then proceed with finalizing the application process.

This is from the TT company review section here on Schneider.

Hiring Drivers With A DUI: No drug or alcohol offenses within 5 years, 1 in the last 7 years, 2 in a lifetime.

JJ

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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