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Chad B.'s Comment
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I’m going to be very transparent. I just was terminated for cell phone being in my hand. I have 3 1/2 years experience and i screwed up. What advice do you have about getting a new position? Marten would not hire me.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Most companies will not overlook that.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chad, help me to understand this. Somebody saw you with a cell phone in your hand while you were driving, reported you and you were fired? Just one time?

Schneider has a no phone, no hands free phone policy while driving. If we need to use the phone, we have to pull over and be stopped. This is not a problem for me, but I suspect it's a policy regularly violated by a undeterminable number of drivers.

Then Big Scott says most companies will not overlook this. I guess I never realized what a serious issue this is and look forward to further comments on your post.

Chad B.'s Comment
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I was in downtown Minneapolis. I was checking my gps and moved my wheel too hard and it set off my camera.

The only thing an ex employer can disclose is that they terminated me. I just have never been terminated from a position before.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chad, I really feel bad for you, man. I gotta believe you can get another job. Have you put out any feelers yet?

Jrod's Comment
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Its all in the way they say it.

It will show up as:

Terminated Employment Cause: Company Policy Violation, Unsatisfactory Safety Rating

Be ready to talk about it.

I know here at my company, that is a 36 month "no hire" violation. Same as a "Following to Closely" citation with accident, or DOT record-able Accident with Injuries. Insurance companies are not playing around with CDL holders.

At least you were lucky that it was a company catching you, DOT would have that on your MVR/PSP for 3 years (or more in some states!)

Source: I'm the hiring manager and I run all the reports and do all the background checks when drivers apply.

I was in downtown Minneapolis. I was checking my gps and moved my wheel too hard and it set off my camera.

The only thing an ex employer can disclose is that they terminated me. I just have never been terminated from a position before.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JuiceBox's Comment
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Probably going to have to stay away from the bigger companies. Hard to say what your next move is but I would be thinking small fleet, like the type where the person interviewing you is the owner. Goodluck bro!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Chad, what company were you with? I was caught in the exact same way while I was with Swift (checking my cellphone GPS when the driver cam caught me). I got a finger-wag warning from my DM that went into my company file and I got back in the road.

You might try the Apply For Truck Driving Jobs app here. And BTW, change your member status from "Preparing for school". With 3 1/2 years' experience you've skipped the rookie stage.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Chad B.'s Comment
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Thanks Errol

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