Driving Record For Truckers

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Natasha N.'s Comment
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can someone just give me a rundown of what the driving record should be? the point system and how accidents and speeding affect to what point? how many times can a violation be fought? When do you know that you actually have no chance of working as a trucker anymore?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Brett has a good explanation here:

Driving Record (Accidents, Citations, etc.)

Adam B.'s Comment
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As someone who has following too close on their driving record, I can vouch your record doesn't need to be squeaky clean to get a trucking job. Prime was perfectly fine with my record. It helped there was nothing else on it. There are some offenses (drunk driving, reckless driving) that are much harder to get a job with.


Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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And each company is different. Most want a clean record of three years but will accept minor infractions. DUI? Some companies won't take you at all, others might take one. Others might base it on time since infraction. Reckless driving or speeding over 15mph...which is reckless could be the kiss of death in some companies. If you speed in your own car, what will you do with their quarter million dollar rig and freight?

The best thing is to have as much time as possible since your issues before attempting trucking.


Driving Under the Influence

Mike Doyle's Comment
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All of the comments here are great advice to take. However, you mentioned points and violations, so the following comments will be based off the FMCSA website that collects such data for Carriers and DOT. A speeding ticket ranging from 6-10 miles over the speed limit will generate 4 points against you and the Carrier you work for. A speeding ticket 15 mph or over will generate 10 points. For the driver, these points will remain for 36 months from the time of incident. A Carrier can attempt removing these points using the Data Q within that website, but will have to contend with the officer that gave the ticket and therefore had better have reasonable cause for this violation to be removed or no changes will be made.


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


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


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


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.


Operating While Intoxicated

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