Trying To Find Work After Swift Termination

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Susan W.'s Comment
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I started out with SWIFT, became an owner operator after 3 months with a new CDL (huge mistake). Now after minor accidents that caused no major damages to truck or trailers. And to other vehicles on the highway and no injuries. 1 moving violation of impeding traffic they terminated my contract and took my truck. Now I have filed 20+ applications and nobody will hire me. Said I need a clean driving record for one year. Any suggestions?

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Try Carolina Cargo. Also, look on Craigslist. It will be difficult for you. Good luck.

G-Town's Comment
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I am a happy Swift employee, have been for many years.

However when I read this post, Swift putting Susan into a lease with only 3 total months of experience my BP rises. So wrong....I wish the mega-carriers would abandon this frivolous practice and require 1 year accident free before considering a driver "qualified" to take-on a lease-op arrangement.

That said, the issues she had, multiple accidents, citation might have occurred regardless. It emphasizes the difficulty in meeting the challenging demands of this job during the first year of experience.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Apply everywhere and be honest. Use this link and good luck

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OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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This has all the makings of "I'm glad that happened" in hindsight.. Good luck, you'll survive to move forward. Be safe!

millionmiler24's Comment
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I am a happy Swift employee, have been for many years.

However when I read this post, Swift putting Susan into a lease with only 3 total months of experience my BP rises. So wrong....I wish the mega-carriers would abandon this frivolous practice and require 1 year accident free before considering a driver "qualified" to take-on a lease-op arrangement.

That said, the issues she had, multiple accidents, citation might have occurred regardless. It emphasizes the difficulty in meeting the challenging demands of this job during the first year of experience.

I say make it 10 years minimum.

MC1371's Comment
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Glad you made it here Susan. Just wish I could have convinced you last Jan.

Almost every mistake you've made this past year has been covered here.

I know you'll get something. Just going to have to be patient a little longer.

BTW dumb question. Did they give you the option of going back to the Company side? You had a couple of bumps, but no worse than some of the knuckleheads they keep around. Yup, you were in over your head with the lease but that shouldn't make completely untouchable.

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