Two Speeding Tickets! Yay!

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Snii's Comment
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So, after using the search feature, and lurking, the only company I could find that may/might/maybe/possibly hire me is Swift.

So, my two tickets are 70 in a 55 and 74 in a 55, both from this year. (Not reckless according to VA, but reckless according to the trucking industry.) I was going way too fast enjoying the music, so now I get to pay for it, in a different way. Also have a DUI from 2010, and a driving on suspended from 2011. I've already called/talked to Prime, Stevens, Western Express, Wil-trans (They do CDL school but they don't hire inexperienced drivers?), and I think that's it. Schneider I've been told has a 10 yr DUI policy, TMC does have a 10 yr DUI policy. All those are a "Nope, sorry."

Before I forget, I have no experience, literally just got my CDL, so I would doubt any local companies would hire me.

So, any other companies besides Swift that I could put an application in at?

Have an application in at PTL also, they called me back and I'm assuming they're doing background check stuff, or perhaps saw the two tickets and went "Nope." Gotta keep my head up and hope I can get a foot in the door, SOMEWHERE! Anywhere, at this point honestly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Mr. T's Comment
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Swift is not a bad company. Many drivers on this forum work their & are doing great with their Careers. It's not about where you start, it's how you perform.

Tanker Man's Comment
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Schneider has a 5 year DUI policy, unless it recently changed? Did you talk to a recruiter from Schneider?

Try Werner or TransAm. How did you go about getting your CDL?

So, after using the search feature, and lurking, the only company I could find that may/might/maybe/possibly hire me is Swift.

So, my two tickets are 70 in a 55 and 74 in a 55, both from this year. (Not reckless according to VA, but reckless according to the trucking industry.) I was going way too fast enjoying the music, so now I get to pay for it, in a different way. Also have a DUI from 2010, and a driving on suspended from 2011. I've already called/talked to Prime, Stevens, Western Express, Wil-trans (They do CDL school but they don't hire inexperienced drivers?), and I think that's it. Schneider I've been told has a 10 yr DUI policy, TMC does have a 10 yr DUI policy. All those are a "Nope, sorry."

Before I forget, I have no experience, literally just got my CDL, so I would doubt any local companies would hire me.

So, any other companies besides Swift that I could put an application in at?

Have an application in at PTL also, they called me back and I'm assuming they're doing background check stuff, or perhaps saw the two tickets and went "Nope." Gotta keep my head up and hope I can get a foot in the door, SOMEWHERE! Anywhere, at this point honestly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Snii's Comment
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Must have implied that I didn't want to work for Swift, do apologize for that, I've put in an application with them, I'm looking for any other recommendations, as I've learned very very quickly I don't have the luxury of being picky with my driving record being what it is.

Snii's Comment
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Oh, I was told it was 10 years from an instructor at the school, I could always call and ask since it never hurts and the worst I can get is "no". I will put in applications at Werner and Transam ASAP, and I got my CDL thru a driving school locally. Thank you for the help. :)

Schneider has a 5 year DUI policy, unless it recently changed? Did you talk to a recruiter from Schneider?

Try Werner or TransAm. How did you go about getting your 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.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Tanker Man's Comment
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You might have a shot at either of those companies. It's all going to depend on how long ago the tickets were and whether or not they are willing to take a chance on you. I would definitely scour Craigslist at some of the opportunities listed there as well. Apply everywhere you can, it's not going to hurt anything. Also really work on your driving habit s and do what you can to maintain a safe and clean record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Two REALLY BAD speeding tickets in the last year?

DUI in '10 and a driving on suspended in '11?

You didn't happen to get caught driving on YOUR DIU SUSPENSION - did you?

Two speeds 15 or over in the last 12 months - don't know that anyone is really going to want to insure you. Those are considered pretty major violations.

Keep applying everywhere - let us know where/if you end up with a hire - so we can direct other folks with such interesting driving histories there.

Rick

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

ChickieMonster's Comment
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TransAm will probably hire you. They hire with recent DUIs (not me, someone I went to orientation with).

They are pretty lenient on their hiring requirements, but keep in mind two things. 1 they only start at 30cpm for company drivers and 2 they will push the lease HARD. Don't give in.

Good luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Give XPO a call.

Snii's Comment
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So, just to update, got a call from Werner and I goto orientation on Halloween, now I just have to remember the only colors there are is Red, Yellow, and Green. XD

But, to anyone reading this in the future, try Werner, they give people a shot who don't have the best of driving records, thankfully. Also, if you need this advice for a company, then take my advice, change yer driving habits, even one ticket isn't worth having to go over and stress about.

Also, new goal, 5 years with no tickets! That's a good start, at least.

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