Got Fired As A Rookie Solo Driver

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Why don't you try calling a higher up and see if you can go back into training? I would.

Bryant H.'s Comment
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I do realizes all the mistakes I've made over my 16 month downtime, I'm really contemplating just learning a whole new trade and career, until the third year passes. Because that's the only way I see that I would be able to get behind the wheel of a semi. My MVR is clean besides the 15mph over I got 2 years ago. I went to through trails and tribulations to get my cdl and just hate to throw it all away.

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.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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So you got a ticket for wreckless driving and this termination was 16 months ago? Now I'm really confused.

Bryant H.'s Comment
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So you got a ticket for wreckless driving and this termination was 16 months ago? Now I'm really confused.

I did not got a ticket for wreckless driving in a cmv this was in my personal vehicle before I had an cdl. The overhead crash is not on my mvr because of my lawyer got it reduced to a city ordinace fine. Thats what I meant by saying my MVR wasnt that bad. I started with swift in Nov 2015 and was terminated April 26 2016

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.

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

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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It doesn't matter what vehicle you got the 15+ mph ticket in. It's considered reckless driving.

A majority of companies wouldn't be able to hire you with that alone. Then looking at how "stale" your CDL is and the termination... It will be extremely tough. Also because you've been employed as a CDL driver, a 10 year work history will be required also.

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.
Bryant H.'s Comment
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Why don't you try calling a higher up and see if you can go back into training? I would.

For Swift? After I already been terminated?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Hardly any experience, reckless driving, 2 bad preventables.

I don't want to take the wind out of you but at the same time I don't want you to waste your time, money, and energy. I would give yourself a few years and then think about maybe coming back to trucking.

Right now you are not hireable at all. The only thing that can heal your situation is time. Give yourself 5 years and I think someone will give you another chance. Until then be extremely careful in your personal vehicle, at this point I think a moving ticket of any kind will break you.

Good luck out there sir. I'm sure you'll recover. No one has a smooth first year so don't beat yourself up over it.

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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If you are in the south why don't you look at Carolina Cargo? They are good at giving second chances ... Although your MVR has a 2 years old ticket and the preventables are not showing up on your license, you stand a chance with mid size companies, trust me I see a boat loads of MVRs on a daily basis and for us you will be considered almost clean. Try midsize companies and as you earlier said you have learned from your mistakes which is always a good thing.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sorry I saw April and figured it wasn't too long ago. Still I'm curious why going back into training wasn't discussed. That is usually a viable option.

Bryant H.'s Comment
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If you are in the south why don't you look at Carolina Cargo? They are good at giving second chances ... Although your MVR has a 2 years old ticket and the preventables are not showing up on your license, you stand a chance with mid size companies, trust me I see a boat loads of MVRs on a daily basis and for us you will be considered almost clean. Try midsize companies and as you earlier said you have learned from your mistakes which is always a good thing.

I never heard of them, but I will look into it. Greyhound bus lines said they would hire me but thats only for the fall. Melton Truck Lines said, they would hire me if I could get 3 months of clean driving. PTL said they would give me a chance, they are waiting on approval from safety. Most companies I talked to didn't recognize the backing accident as a preventable it was the termination thats being the kiss of death. Is there any other companies like Carolina Cargo?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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