I Have My CDL Now, But These Tickets Are Hindering Me.

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Angie R.'s Comment
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I recently obtained my class A CDL and I have been having so much trouble finding an outfit who will take me with 2 speeding tickets. One was going 18 over and the other 20 over. They're now a year old...it was a bad year to say the least. Regardless, I am a better and safer driver now that I've been in a truck. Does anyone have any suggestions on which outfits will take me regarding these 2 speeding tickets? I love truck driving and I know this is where I belong, but I'm in need of HELP! I've applied to May trucking and they did take the time with me but ended up denying me because of these 2 tickets being 15+ over. I've applied to larger and better known outfits as well with the stamp of disapproval. I am getting discouraged, there has to be someone who will take me and be forgiving about these tickets that are hindering me from doing what I enjoy.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Angie,

Keep trying. Those tickets are a no no as you have been finding out. There is a link to apply to a lot of trucking companies. Hopefully someone will take a chance on you. Our industry is guided in a great part by insurance companies. Good luck!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Angie,

Keep trying. Those tickets are a no no as you have been finding out. There is a link to apply to a lot of trucking companies. Hopefully someone will take a chance on you. Our industry is guided in a great part by insurance companies. Good luck!!

Agree with Tim here.

Angie just be aware that two tickets, one over 15 and one over 20, within the same year and no more than a year old is possibly going to be a hindrance no matter where you go,...just keep trying and if they reject your application ask them how long before you can reapply. Trucking companies want to see a pattern of good driving for a year or more,...you might need to wait it out for a while.

Drive safe.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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You might also talk to a lawyer. There might be a way he could get one expunged from your record.

Tractor Man's Comment
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You might also talk to a lawyer. There might be a way he could get one expunged from your record.

That really won't help in most cases. You got the ticket, obviously paid the fine. Done deal. Expunged or not, the Company sees it. Just keep talking to recruiters and SLOW DOWN! Most people that get tickets for 15-20 over are a red flag for Trucking and Insurance Companies. The way they see it is you only got CAUGHT twice, and probably have a pattern of speeding or a propensity to do so.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The deal is probably that both tickets are for more than 15mph over. That's the cutoff line for serious speeding. Both a year old. Different companies have different standards, so you should apply "everywhere" to find a company that sees the "gold" with a tiny bit of junk.

Use this Trucking Truth app: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs.

I had a spotless driving record, till two months before I decided to take up truck driving. Got one ticket for 15 over. Knight said to wait a year, Swift hired me. It's all up to the company.

a20fan4ever2's Comment
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Angie,

I had the same issue. Except my 2 tickets were back in 2014. Both over 15mph. I have been turned down by just about every company I applied for until today. Western Express is giving me a chance and I leave Monday morning for orientation in Nashville, TN. Give them a try. As I was told, go with whoever will take you at first due to your MVR and after 6 months start applying elsewhere if you're not satisfied. Everyone has to start somewhere!

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.

Danny G.'s Comment
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Angie,

after 6 months start applying elsewhere if you're not satisfied. Everyone has to start somewhere!

If you are new to trucking and this is your first trucking job then you should stick with your first company for a full year regardless of whether you have a 1 year contract with them or not.

TT does not advocate leaving after 6 month. You'll not only have your previous tickets to explain but it would also appear that you job hop. That is not what employers want to see.

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