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Rick S.'s Comment
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Without getting into the details of your story - operating a CMV without the proper class of CDL is a DISQUALIFYING OFFENSE. So you may not even be able to obtain a CDL now.

There are also SERIOUS PENALTIES for operating a CMV without the proper class of CDL - such as: fine up to $2,500 and up to 90 days suspension of drivers license.

So your "mistake", may in fact cost you the ability to GET A CDL in the first place - much less get a HIRE, even if you were to somehow be able to actually obtain a CDL - which you "might" be able to do, if a lawyer actually beats the ticket, which is not likely (absent some pre-trial "deal" to drop the conviction).

Most companies (in fact ALL due to insurance) even prohibit a CDL licensed PASSENGER (rider) from being in the vehicle (and not being an employee of the company), due to risk of having that person drive the CMV.

What to do if it "happens again"? Get the vehicle off the road, pull the brakes, put on the flashers and call 911. If your husband has a heart condition that caused him to fall out of the seat while driving, I'm not seeing how he could NOT BE MEDICALLY DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING AT ALL.

I would SAVE YOUR $$ going to school in August, until you are sure you can actually get hired. Even if you somehow got a CDL from the school, with your record of suspension and the current debacle, it's going to be awhile until you could actually be considered for a hire - and having a CDL but not using it - means you are going to have to be RETRAINED before getting out behind the wheel ANYWAYS. Most companies want to see you 30-90 days from date of graduation, before considering your training to be STALE (especially with no OTR experience), and want to either refresher or retrain you.

Yeah - you're kind of screwed here, and without trying to be mean - while I understand your desire to help after your husbands mishap - the LAST THING YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS TO DRIVE A CMV WITHOUT A CDL.

Rick

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Maye S.'s Comment
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I want to thank all for all your responses ! I love hearing no matter what any may think I live to hear honest opinion! Thanks for you time! I still hope and pray I get a chance to prove myself!

Maye S.'s Comment
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Nothing showed up on my record I wasn’t even in the system, dmv said it’s like I never had anything! And NOTHING IS SHOWING UP! advice on how to know for sure !

Without getting into the details of your story - operating a CMV without the proper class of CDL is a DISQUALIFYING OFFENSE. So you may not even be able to obtain a CDL now.

There are also SERIOUS PENALTIES for operating a CMV without the proper class of CDL - such as: fine up to $2,500 and up to 90 days suspension of drivers license.

So your "mistake", may in fact cost you the ability to GET A CDL in the first place - much less get a HIRE, even if you were to somehow be able to actually obtain a CDL - which you "might" be able to do, if a lawyer actually beats the ticket, which is not likely (absent some pre-trial "deal" to drop the conviction).

Most companies (in fact ALL due to insurance) even prohibit a CDL licensed PASSENGER (rider) from being in the vehicle (and not being an employee of the company), due to risk of having that person drive the CMV.

What to do if it "happens again"? Get the vehicle off the road, pull the brakes, put on the flashers and call 911. If your husband has a heart condition that caused him to fall out of the seat while driving, I'm not seeing how he could NOT BE MEDICALLY DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING AT ALL.

I would SAVE YOUR $$ going to school in August, until you are sure you can actually get hired. Even if you somehow got a CDL from the school, with your record of suspension and the current debacle, it's going to be awhile until you could actually be considered for a hire - and having a CDL but not using it - means you are going to have to be RETRAINED before getting out behind the wheel ANYWAYS. Most companies want to see you 30-90 days from date of graduation, before considering your training to be STALE (especially with no OTR experience), and want to either refresher or retrain you.

Yeah - you're kind of screwed here, and without trying to be mean - while I understand your desire to help after your husbands mishap - the LAST THING YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS TO DRIVE A CMV WITHOUT A CDL.

Rick

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Army 's Comment
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How long ago was it?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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First there is a difference between "moving the truck to safety" meaning pulling off onto the side of the road and calling 911.... and "driving to safety". If you had a blow out you pull on the shoulder and call for services. You made it sound like you drove miles away to park??? and you say you would do it again.

Because you claim to know some things... you should have pulled the wheel to the shoulder, pulled the brakes, turned on the hazards, called 911. heck you could have put the orange triangles out if you know so much.

THAT is an emergency response to protect the public. i seriously doubt any cop.would site you.

As far as it showing up, I guarantee it will. Companiee do much more thorough background checks when you get to orientation. They pay big money to get the dirt on people.

Now you say your hubby is fine... but "if it happened again". That scenario worries me. Someone who has attack issues driving a CMV with a passenger who is reckless.

please re read your posts and understand our safety concerns. You most likely will have problems finding employment.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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