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Kevin B.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, my name is Kevin Brown and I live in Burlington NC which is 15 min from Greensboro, NC.. I have drove a tow truck for right at 10 years rollback and repo type tow trucks for 2 different companies... I have wanted to drive a Tractor Trailer My WHOLE LIFE.... I'm very frustrated as I have been denied by 5 to 10 companies ... My criminal record is fine... My driving record is not the greatest ... My last speeding ticket was in August of 2016..my license was suspended for 2-4 months about a year ago bc my DUMBASS forgot to pay a seatbelt ticket.. my license are fine now... Any suggestions from anyone if any ???? Thanks in advance Everyone.. I'm new to trucking truth and this website is put together very well kuddos to Brett for that.. hope everyone has a great night and thanks again !

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Good morning, Kevin!

Some folks smarter than me will come along and give better answers than I could. I can say that things don't sound all that bad from what you've explained.

Until other people get here, I'd suggest checking out some helpful links here on the site.

Others will be here throughout the day with some advice and insight. You picked the right place to ask!

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Hi Kevin, the best I can say is keep applying. You may not get your top choice, but somebody will take a chance on you. A lot of companies want to see a clean license going back 3 years. Others may give you a shot.

Here's a link to

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs.

You can reach out to multiple companies through this link. Good luck!

Splitter's Comment
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Hey Kevin B., from what I read, you have 2 choices. 1) Use Turtle’s link and apply to multiple companies with the idea that you’ll work for 1 year developing your driving experience while your license gets clean as your points & time come off from the tickets & suspension. 2) Wait the one year until your license clears the points & suspension then apply to the company you’d most like to work for.

If it were me? I’d go with option 1 & strive very hard to have the safest & best on time performance to show the next company what an asset you’d be to them. Yes, you might have to eat crow in the beginning but if you remain focused on the goal of realizing your “dream” then I’m sure you can see it’ll be worth it. My process was the most humbling experience I’ve had in a very long time. But I’m one week away from driving my own company truck.

Stick with it & ask as many questions as possible. Either way you choose, good luck & be safe out there.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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You got some great advice here Kevin.

Hope it all works out for you. Good luck and drive safe. Your License is your only resume. Treat it like gold.

Big T's Comment
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Kevin what kind of speeding ticket was your "last one" and what else is on your record? That is going to be what hurts you.

A ticket for five over hurts you. A ticket for 10 plus over can be a career killer because it makes you very hard to insure.

That being said, do as others have advised and apply to as many companies as you can. Just remember your goal is to get into the industry and you're not in a position to be picky.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hello Kevin, I would call companies and speak with a recruiter before actually applying. Explain the situation honestly. If they say no, you could then ask what you could do to better your situation. Your tickets and suspension may be to recent for most companies. FYI a seat belt ticket gives CSA points to you and your company. I would call CFI and Western Express as they are two companies who give second chances and will train you. If you can get your CDL A on your own call Carolina Cargo. After those, you could apply everywhere, or from your calls, determine how long you would need to wait. Good luck.

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.

CSA:

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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I usually don't promote or advertise, but I'm grateful to be where I am and I'm getting rather attached to it, so...

Try contacting CRST. I don't know their policies, but I know that I'm in school with some people that have some challenges in their history.

Might seem hard to reach out and ask a company (any company) for a chance, but a closed mouth doesn't get fed. Best of luck with your search!

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