Drivers License Suspended For Unpaid Ticket.

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Michael B.'s Comment
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I have been a heavy equipment/ crane Operator both on land and offshore. I was injured over a year ago and cannot return offshore. I want to get my CDL but my license is suspended for unpaid traffic tick, general speeding about 3 years ago. I've already spoke to CR England and they sent me a CDL manual and told me to call them as soon as I get my license back. So my question is, are there any other training companies that would hire me without a valid drivers license for a full year because it wasn't taken for points or habitual offenses? Also I am a certified API inspector/ crane mechanic/ Operator. Familiar with details pre use inspections and used to spending countless ours in a cab by myself and used to being away from home for long periods of time. In addition to that I have a valid TWIC card. I've successfully carried the biggest responsibility of any trade in the gulf of Mexico with the most potential for harm. I've always been sent out by myself with no direct supervision. Do you guys think that I would have an advantage as far as roles and responsibilities?

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.

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.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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If what you say is true I assume you were making good money. If that is true and you lost your license for unpaid ticket that would show a great lack of responsibility in my opinion. Before even looking into a CDL go to your DMV and get your drivers license cleared up first if you want to drive. If you are looking for another heavy equipment job that does not require a license then go that route but still clear up the license issue anyway.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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You are asking a company offering Paid CDL Training Programs to allow a student to drive illegally? No CLP , no driving, even as a student with heavy crane operation experience.

Not gonna happen anywhere.

And no you do not have any advantage and already have a couple of strikes against you considered important and relevant in the pre-qualification process; your license is suspended and you have a recent speeding ticket. You are actually a higher risk then a person with a clean driving record and zero experience operating heavy machinery.

Get you license reinstated and then focus on protecting it, consider it the most important part of your resume.

You also should invest some time reading these links..,

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, Michael.

It's kind of hard to apply for a driving job if you don't even have a license. Did I read that right, is your license still suspended? If so, you can consider yourself lucky to have got a response from any carrier.

Your first question should be to the DMV , asking what you need to do to get that license back, pronto. Until then you're dead in the water.

Unfortunately, your credentials and accomplishments won't amount to much in a carrier's eyes. Instead, you'll be lumped in with the other scores of applicants. In truth, even the best resume doesn't guarantee someone will be a good driver. Many have tried and failed, despite an impressive and impeccable former career.

That's not saying they won't look at your work history, because they certainly will. But they'll mostly be looking for things like dependability and continuity.

A lot of carriers will want to see you hold a clean license for at least a year before they will look at you. Nevertheless, once you get your license back you should apply everywhere and see who shows interest. No harm in trying.

Good luck.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Loads of responsibilities relating to operating heavy equipment. yet not responsible enough to pay a speeding ticket?

C'mon man! Who you hire yourself if you ran a trucking company?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Michael, welcome and thanks for posting your question.

Your situation is a real head scratcher. If you were a crane operator and heavy equipment operator, those are indeed positions that require great responsibility. But yet you let your driver's license get suspended?????????confused.gif

It's kind of mind boggling. Get your license back in good order and then pursue your CDL. I'm going to say that you may have one advantage from your experience. No doubt, based on what you have said, you must be very safety conscious. That won't help you get a job, but when you do get a job you will then get to demonstrate your commitment to driving safely. Good luck with going forward!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael B.'s Comment
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I am actually in the process of getting my license taken care of and the DMV said that I can get my CDL permit while I'm there. I've been studying for almost two years, I've also gone to the dr. to get my medical squared away. I'm dotting my T's and crossing my I's. Also I have contacted the court to pay the ticket next week.

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.

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.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Thank you all for the advice. Also I have contacted my DMV and when I go get my license I can take the CDL permit test and get my permit. I went to a medical examiner last week and got medically cleared. I've been studying for this test for almost 2 years. I'm choosing to stay out of the oilfield because work is not steady, in order to feed your family you have to go where they are busy so its really hard to get a good length of time in anywhere. I've never had any bad driving infractions or excessive speeding tickets. I can't deny that I was speeding when I got the ticket but I have been recovering from surgery and could not afford to pay it so they kept jacking up the fine. Now that I will be financially stable after fighting for over a year I can afford to pay the fine plus I will take a driving course that will wipe it off. I've been working really hard to get all of this done. Perhaps I can get someone to view my qualities.

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.

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.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Michael, that's really encouraging to hear. I hope you will keep us posted about your progress. You will get tons of guidance and advice here. I know this from experience.

Turtle's Comment
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Jeez guys, a little judgemental, aren't ya? The guy came here with a honest disclosure, & a honest question. Shouldn't we try to be helpful instead of beating him up for a suspension?

I myself had my license suspended some umpteen years ago for failure to pay fines. At the time, it was a choice either to pay the fines, or pay for my wife continuing medical bills to keep her alive. Guess which one I chose. Does that make me irresponsible?

If you don't know the story, don't judge. That's not what we're here for.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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