Chances Of Getting A Job

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Floyd H.'s Comment
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I got a following too close 2017 after a lady tries to beat the light changing from yellow to red on a rainy day she went about about halfway then decided to back up and winded up backing into me. I just paid the ticket didn't think about going to court and challenging it . So now I get my CDL and see that following too close is a major violation. I'm getting out the military in Jun 2019 (7 years,4mths). At the time I had a GA license but I surrendered them in order to get my CDL in VA. I checked my VA driving record and it didn't transfer over. Will I still be able to get a job?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dave Reid's Comment
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I got a following too close 2017 after a lady tries to beat the light changing from yellow to red on a rainy day she went about about halfway then decided to back up and winded up backing into me. I just paid the ticket didn't think about going to court and challenging it . So now I get my CDL and see that following too close is a major violation. I'm getting out the military in Jun 2019 (7 years,4mths). At the time I had a GA license but I surrendered them in order to get my CDL in VA. I checked my VA driving record and it didn't transfer over. Will I still be able to get a job?

Potential employers will almost surely learn of the ticket, but the one ticket won't likely derail a career in trucking.

Let that be a lesson to ya - always fight tickets. Another ticket soon and suddenly your record doesn't look so hot.

Be sure to get yourself some pre-hire letters before you get too close to your planned work change.

I assume you have military driving experience? If so, plenty of companies offer an abbreviated training period and other preferences for veterans. My company (Pride Transport) cuts the training time by more than half and puts you straight into a team driving/eval period for 150 hours. If you can test out after that, you're in a truck. Some companies give you year for year experience credit in their pay structure, at least I have seen ads for that somewhere.

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

JuiceBox's Comment
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Make sure to look into the VA apprenticeship program and which companies are approved by the VA. Some companies offer one year while others offer two. You'll receive BAH for wherever their home terminal is. That rate will be reduced by 20% every 6 months. It is tax free non reportable income. Good luck

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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