Two 15+ Speeding Tickets 2 Years Ago, No Jobs Will Hire Me Because I'm Fresh Out Of CDL School. Any Suggestions???!?!!?

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King Oli's Comment
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I went to school & received my CDL earlier this summer (2019) and I've been applying for company after company with no luck. I just left this orientation on the 3rd day after hearing that the company won't be hiring me (Landair) :/ I had a 15+ speeder August 2017 and another one November 2017. Its been 2 years since and I'm just wondering if there's any company out there that might even consider me. I'm 24 years old & some companies say I have to wait until May 2020 when I turn 25. Please help! confused.gif

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.
Cecelia 's Comment
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King O ,

I'm no expert. But 2 speeding tickets both over 15mph is two too many . I dont think most companies would hire you right now, not enough time has passed. Like I said I'm just out of CDL School and waiting for my orientation start date so I'm NO expert. But you're going to get quite a few comments saying you're in a tough position. Gotta control that speeding too man , it's seen as reckless driving. Best wishes.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Try Western Express, CR England, and Carolina Cargo. See if they'll give you a shot.

King Oli's Comment
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Will do! thanks man

Try Western Express, CR England, and Carolina Cargo. See if they'll give you a shot.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Have you filled out this application?

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

A lot of companies get this. You might get a bite. Remember, don't try to hide anything. , Be upfront and show some remorse. Any company that likes what it sees will do a quick background check. They just don't like surprises.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You have two reckless driving convictions and are surprised that you are having trouble finding someone to let you drive their 80,000 pound death machine.

Old School's Comment
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Those two tickets are killing you. The problem you're having is not related to your age or your inexperience. Those tickets are considered as reckless driving. That's a deal breaker for trucking employment. You seem to be blind-sided by this. It sure would have been nice if the school that took your money would have warned you that you're not going to be eligible for a trucking job for a few years.

The bad part is that after you wait to get those tickets behind you, you're going to hit another snag. Most companies will consider your CDL as "stale." You'll be required to go through school again.

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.
King Oli's Comment
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Thank you, I just filled it out, keeping my fingers crossed.

Have you filled out this application?

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

A lot of companies get this. You might get a bite. Remember, don't try to hide anything. , Be upfront and show some remorse. Any company that likes what it sees will do a quick background check. They just don't like surprises.

Have you filled out this application?

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

A lot of companies get this. You might get a bite. Remember, don't try to hide anything. , Be upfront and show some remorse. Any company that likes what it sees will do a quick background check. They just don't like surprises.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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@king Oil Wow! Two speeding tickets for being +15 over the speed limit and within 4 months of each otherwtf.gif To me it seems that you have Acknowledge the issue (the tickets) but haven't taken responsibility for your actions. I am not taking about handling the cost or court related issues, I am taking about applying the breaks looking at the situation and saying "I really messed up" Unfortunately even when you turn 25 a lot of companies are still not going to give you a chance. They are going to see you a liability issue However as times goes on a few companies might be willing to to give you a chance. I am not trying to rain on your parade. You got the tickets when what you were 22? Your going through what my wife calls the idiot stage of life (20-30) I wish you the best of luck

Rick S.'s Comment
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Most companies will not consider you until 3 years (or more) have passed (and some not even until LONGER).

The issue for you is: YOU NEED TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL within 30-60 days (or 90 in some cases) AFTER YOU COMPLETE your private school training - otherwise, the training will be considered "stale" - and you'll have to do at least a refresher (or maybe even a full course of training) wherever you end up. So you will no longer be considered a "recent graduate" for hiring purposes - because RECENT MEANS 30-60 days.

Enough folks have WHOMPED YOU about your speeding/reckless tickets - so I'll leave that alone. BUT - in light of that - the school that TOOK YOUR $$ should have looked at your DRIVING RECORD, and told you that it was highly unlikely you would GET A JOB AFTER GRADUATION with those types of recent convictions on your record.

The County Vo-Tech I went to - you had to APPLY to the program, and one thing I had to show up with was a recent copy of my LIFETIME MVR. I became friendly with my instructor (who was the director of the program - we still talk occasionally, and I go by the school once or twice a year to say hi and "shoot the feces". He told me he TURNS DOWN 25% OF THE APPLICANTS to the program - because their driving records are SO BAD THAT THEY WOULDN'T GET A HIRE ANYWAYS.

I doubt most "private schools" operate with that level of integrity - they're just out for your $$. Which is WHY WE RECOMMEND COMPANY SPONSORED TRAINING here. If you make it BEHIND THE WHEEL of a company truck to train - then you ALREADY HAVE A JOB - assuming you complete the training successfully, get your CDL , and don't run over anything.

Sucks to go through the time and expense of school - and be sitting with an expensive piece of plastic that you can't use.

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING (assuming you can't get in with one of the companies Brett mentioned) - SLOW DOWN. Your CDL is YOUR LIVELIHOOD. My driving habits TOTALLY CHANGED when I realized this. Even though I haven't driven for a living in the decade since I got my CDL - I still treat that piece of plastic with RESPECT, and respect that $$ and hard work it took to get it.

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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