2 Tickets, No Points Can I Still Get A CDL

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Jordan H.'s Comment
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Hi everyone I’m new to the forum. Recently I went on a trip to Miami and it destroyed my driving record, I got a ticket for speeding less than 15 mph and i got a ticket from a traffic cam for turning on red. Both violations I was told by the officer and by the letter received for the traffic cam will not add points to my license. I was planning on going to school to get my CDL and i was wondering would those violations have any bearings on my ability to find employment. Also those 2 tickets were my first 2 ever. Thanks in advance

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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They will have a large impact due to the fact that they both illustrate you have poor decision-making skills, something very critical while piloting an 80,000 machine of death down roads shared with others. I don't see how a speeding ticket (which is a moving violation) would not have any points.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I don't see how a speeding ticket (which is a moving violation) would not have any points.

Packrat, The way it works here(Des Moines, iowa) is speed cameras and red light cameras will cause you to be ticketed but no points. I don't particularly agree with it either because it seems like they're being used more as a cash cow for the cities that were using them. Its especially shocking that they don't carry points when you're only ticketed if you're doing 10+ mph over. Side note the city has been forced to turn off automated cameras but have sporadic empty cars on roadways that are still taking pictures.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Jordan, and welcome to the forum!

Here's what I would do. I would make it a plan to attend a Paid CDL Training Program. By going about it that way you will have already gone through the process of being vetted by the company before you go to their program. As long as you complete their training successfully you are basically already hired. If you decide to go through a private Truck Driving School then you should definitely work on getting some pre-hire letters beforehand. These are letters from truck driving companies that will check you out first and then make you a conditional offer of employment based on your background and driving records. You do not need a CDL to receive a pre-hire letter. You can read more about this whole process by following these links.

Any type of traffic violations are going to have some affect on your chances, but it doesn't mean you can't get a job.

Feel free to join in our conversations here in the forum. I think it is one of the easiest ways to begin to learn things about this career. You will be surprised at how much you can glean about the industry just by involving yourself in some of the conversations that may interest you.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jordan H.'s Comment
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They will have a large impact due to the fact that they both illustrate you have poor decision-making skills, something very critical while piloting an 80,000 machine of death down roads shared with others. I don't see how a speeding ticket (which is a moving violation) would not have any points.

Well in Ga points aren’t added to your license for any violation under 15 mph, that’s what I was told by the officer as well as what I found when I looked it up online

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck with that.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I think I'd focus on learning to drive a personal vehicle safety and how to obey traffic control devices for 3 years til those tickets fall off your record. Most companies want to see 3 clean years.

Will some companies still hire you? Absolutely, but your choices will be greatly reduced.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jordan H.'s Comment
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Good luck with that.

Thank you for responding

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