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Philip J.'s Comment
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I was involved in an accident on only my fifth day driving a truck after getting my cdl. That was three months ago. Today, because I couldn’t find a place to park and was out of driving time, I had to park on an on ramp where some other guys had stopped. I got a ticket for not having my hazards on and not putting out my triangles. Are there repurcussions on the part of the DOT , such as license suspension? Thanks.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Old School's Comment
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Phillip, your license will not be suspended over this. You will need to report it to your employer though.

How are things going for ya?

We've only heard from you twice, and both times you were concerned about your employment or your license due to an incident where you were at fault. Other than these incidents are you feeling more comfortable with your abilities. Are you gaining some confidence. Are you getting to the point where you're making good money?

We would be more than happy to help you with any advice you need. We've all been really nervous rookie drivers ourselves. Hang in there, and keep doing your best. This is not an easy career to get started, but those who diligently work at improving themselves at it will find it very rewarding.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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I feel your pain,man. I was ticketed in Ohio my first week for being on a restricted road. A couple weeks later, in Georgia, I tried to turn around in a gravel lot and got stuck. A month after that, in Nevada, I tried to turn around in a dirt lot (it looked pretty firm to me) - and guess what - I got stuck again. I felt like the biggest fool each time. All incidents were because of navigation issues. Instead of relaxing, paying attention to my surroundings, and thinking rationally, I reacted nervously and made some wrong decisions. It's true what they say, we learn from our mistakes. And there are a lot of potential mistakes to make.

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