About To Reach 2 Years With A Non Conviction DUI Aka A.R.D (ACCELERATED REHABILITATION DISPOSITION)

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Frank B.'s Comment
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Very true.. thanks for the comment

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Look at it this way, if you want to get top tier work out here, you still have to prove yourself with 1-2 years experience with a training/starter company.

I'd recommend sucking it up & going with the best option of the choices that are in front of you. The sooner you start, the sooner you can move on. Good luck!

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Splitter, I've got to say I completely disagree with your approach. People don't "get top tier work out here" by "sucking it up" with some "training/starter company." Top Tier Drivers create their own opportunities. Those drivers who understand that principle are not looking for some golden opportunity at some special company. You are obviously trying to put in your time at Prime and then moving on to advance your career. At least that's what a lot of your comments lately are indicating. You are even giving that type of advice now.

There are hundreds of thousands of drivers out here who are never satisfied with their trucking careers simply because they've fallen for this deceptive notion. They're always on the hunt for some super special opportunity that they think is not available to them where they are currently employed. They are convinced there's this special golden egg laying goose out there, but it can only be discovered by those who have "sucked it up" at some "starter company" for a few years. It doesn't matter where they work, they're always on the hunt.

It just doesn't work like this. I did great at Western Express, a company where everybody was taking your same approach. None of the drivers were happy because they thought they just had to endure a few years so they could move on to that super secret special opportunity that had to be elsewhere. I determined to make my own opportunities there. I prospered financially and had great relationships with management. They knew I "got it." A driver has got to create his own success, and there's no reason he can't do that at Trans Am or Mesilla Valley.

The company isn't responsible for creating a driver's success. Every driver who falls for that idea is continually frustrated because he thinks he's being held back by something he doesn't have control over. The truth is that you can be very successful out here in any company's truck. You have got to understand how that's done, but most people would rather not accept the blame for their shortcomings. It's much easier and convenient to have a scapegoat.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Frank B.'s Comment
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I've seen the timing charts for DUI on the different companies. Some say " No citations/convictions and some just say "No convictions" going to fill out apps with the no convictions hopefully they will never ask me on the apps if I was ever charged if they do, then I know that will be a no go because I know better not to lie on the app they will always find out..

Check out Company dui policies. Although you got it dropped to a non conviction you will likely be asked if you were ever CHARGED with a DUI.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Splitter's Comment
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If I want to work for Kivi pulling heavy equipment? Will they give me that responsibility fresh out of the gate? I've spoken to certain drivers here at Prime that have sweet dedicated runs. Did they get those fresh out of TNT? My point is that he has a huge liability but has transam & MVT giving him a chance. Those options, in my opinion, are 1000 times better than Carolina or others like that. I'm saying get in where you can & prove his worth & move on if that's his wish. Don't misrepresent my intentions.

My goal is to move on from Prime. Yes! I've completed my contract and I've found that driving across certain states in the winter is not where I want to run. Prime doesn't have a profitable SE regional for me to run. That's coming from my FM. I've found a company that says they do & have spoken to random drivers at truck stops that have told me I'd make just what I'm making now. If I didn't have those 2 preventables I'd have better options. So I'm handicapped also.

If an opportunity for me to be more profitable somewhere else came on my radar, you're damn skippy I'm jumping ship. As far as loyalty? It's a two way street! I've been in this LW for nearly a year. I rarely go home & just bust my rump out here running miles for Prime. You'd think that my asking for a full size wouldn't be a big thing? I was told by 2 people who could've made it happen that I'd have to train! Yet, I've spoken to other drivers in full sizes that don't train.

I also have personal reasons to move on & even spoke to Rainy about she gave me good leads. Why are insinuating that I'm saying he can't be profitable at those companies? He's not enthusiastic about them & I was showing him how he can work with that. Was I too brief? Maybe.

You know what? You're right! I'm an ******* for thinking I know anything about this industry. You win! You know me inside & out. 10/4. Over & out!

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Splitter's Comment
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I knew I should have quoted you!

Frank B.'s Comment
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I got your point ... Thanks for the insight

I knew I should have quoted you!

Tractor Man's Comment
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You know what? You're right! I'm an ******* for thinking I know anything about this industry. You win! You know me inside & out. 10/4. Over & out!

Glad you have it all figured out in a year Splitter, I sure don't. Copping an attitude like that with Old School, or any of the MORE EXPERIENCED DRIVERS on this forum shows me that your skin may be getting just a bit too thin. Please re-think your last post.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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You know what? You're right! I'm an ******* for thinking I know anything about this industry. You win! You know me inside & out. 10/4. Over & out!

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Glad you have it all figured out in a year Splitter, I sure don't. Copping an attitude like that with Old School, or any of the MORE EXPERIENCED DRIVERS on this forum shows me that your skin may be getting just a bit too thin. Please re-think your last post.

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Hey Splitter, I really like you and think you contribute a lot to the forum, but I think you need to take a step back here.

PackRat's Comment
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I guess Splitter split?

Auggie69's Comment
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I knew I should have quoted you!

You checked out LTL in Orlando? Also I see lots of Indian River Transport up in MidAtlantic too.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Frank if you try hard enough you will find someone to give you a chance. Do you have a CDL-A? If so, you could try Carolina Cargo. They have a great rep as giving people a second chance. One of our drivers here, Nolo man, started with them and the only reason he left there was they could not get him home when he needed to be. If they could he would still be there. He and I have become great friends and he led me to CFI. I would definitely give CFI a call and see what they say. Good luck.

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.
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