Past Driving Issues.

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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Hey truckers. 8 years ago in 2010 I got 2 tickets for speeding and had my license suspended till I took a course. Generally will companies shy away from hiring me for that? Or is it too long ago they won’t care. I have no DUIs or felonies. I saw on the high road CDL practice test that I have to disclose 10 years of driving history. Also I got a speeding ticket in 2015 but paid extra to get it deferred and taken off my record. Should I disclose that? Will that be an issue? Thanks truckers.


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.


Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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3 speeding tickets in under 10 years is not going to look too promising to an employer, especially any employer involved with transportation. However, you can still apply to as many companies as you want, just be forewarned that you will receive many negative responses IMO. How does one get a speeding conviction removed from their record? Never heard of this.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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I paid extra to the local government for them to “defer” it. Meaning they pretty much drop the charges and if you get another ticket within a year they charge you for that one and the next one I believe. But I would think 8 years ago is a long time that a company couldn’t hold that against you could they? I applied at Roehl and they only ask on the application if you’ve gotten any moving violations in the past 3 years.

Turtle's Comment
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Hey Andrew, I don't think your record will give you too much trouble. The important thing to remember when applying is to only answer the question asked.

I applied at Roehl and they only ask on the application if you’ve gotten any moving violations in the past 3 years.

So you only tell them about the past 3 years. Don't offer any additional information. You are not lying, and what they don't know won't hurt them, as long as you're completely truthful.

Personally I would definitely disclose the "deferred" citation. You're applying for a job in a specialized industry that has ways of finding these things out. It happened in 2015, so you're close to the three-year window anyway. Trying to hide or omit it can only hurt you, I feel.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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Thanks for the response Turtle. I have been watching lots of YouTube videos and they all say the same thing is don’t lie. The two companies I’m looking at is prime and Roehl. I would rather be truthful and tell them everything than after a month in they come and tell me I can’t continue because I didn’t disclose these incidents. I wouldn’t think these incidents would prevent me from entering either company. My next step is to call the companies and ask them myself.

Turtle's Comment
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I told Prime about a rear-ender (my fault) and the resulting citation for following too closely that happened 37 months prior to applying. They hired me without a flinch.


Operating While Intoxicated

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