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Dj P.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. I’m a fairly new driver and I’m scared. Just came home from getting my cdl’s. Got into a friend of mines car to help him move and got pulled over. He didn’t register the car nor did he have insurance, so I received a ticket for driving without both. Can this damage my DAC? He’s willing to go to court and and vouch for me that I was just helping him move, and I was oblivious to this situation. This has me worried. I live in Georgia if that makes a difference.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Susan D. 's Comment
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What did you get pulled over for? Were you actually caught driving a vehicle with no tag/plate at all? If so, that was your first clue.

If you are employed as a driver, you must inform your company asap.

My other half is from Georgia.. they don't play and it probably wont go well. You may need to get a lawyer.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dj P.'s Comment
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The tag was expired due to no insurance on it. That’s the reason I was pulled over while driving it.

What did you get pulled over for? Were you actually caught driving a vehicle with no tag/plate at all? If so, that was your first clue.

If you are employed as a driver, you must inform your company asap.

My other half is from Georgia.. they don't play and it probably wont go well. You may need to get a lawyer.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I think you'll be able to work it out. Susan is right; get a lawyer and fight it. Your buddy should pay for the lawyer since he got you into this mess. You stand to lose a ton of money if you have trouble finding work because of this, so fight it and see if you can get it reduced or thrown out.

One concern trucking companies will have is regarding personal responsibility. The driver is responsible for the vehicle they're driving. It's up to you to do a proper pre-trip inspection for safety and to make sure the registration is valid on the tractor and the trailer. However, there's no way for you to know if the insurance is valid on a vehicle without making some phone calls, which they wouldn't have expected you to do. The registration sticker is right on the vehicle, so that's plain to see, but I'm sure it wouldn't have crossed your mind to make sure it's valid under the circumstances.

I think you'll be fine. You may find that some companies won't hire you because of it, but others certainly will. Get a lawyer and fight it. Hopefully, they can work out an agreement with the prosecutor so your career won't be in jeopardy. Under the circumstances, it seems forgivable.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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