Getting Hired With A 15+ Over The Limit Ticket.

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Breezie 's Comment
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Ok, I've been a driver for almost 15 years. In that time I've skated by with only one dot violation on an inspection for a fuel cap, a parking ticket in VA and an over weight ticket in GA. Until last year a state trooper popped me doing 55 in a 35 in AL. Yeah yeah I know....... technically the speed limit was 55 but on this particular highway they have a little hill and about half way down that hill there is a sign that says truck speed limit 35 because they have a run away truck ramp. As if I needed to use the ramp, I'd have to slow to 35 mph before hitting it....... ( smh) if I could slow to 35 mph I wouldn't need the ramp. But this was the state trooper's reasoning for the truck speed. Yet I digress. At any rate, I was speeding and got a big ticket for it. So I contacted cdl consultants paid the fee for the attorney, the attorney went to court and stated he got the ticket dropped to 5 mph over. I was fired from my employer at the time for getting the ticket and was in search of a new job. After filling out applications on driver pulse I started getting hits and soon found out the ticket is still on my mvr for 20 miles over the limit. Now I'm stuck at Western Express and literally thinking about going to work in a soup kitchen just so I can eat. I have no idea what I can do from here. I'm reduced to me, my dog and what little we own living in this truck eating hot dogs every day of the week just to survive. I've lost everything trying to get this ticket off my mvr and I'm struggling to get out of this rut. If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or advice it would be greatly appreciated. Please no sarcastic or rude comments. I know the mistakes I made and I accept responsibility for them. I'm just trying to figure out how I can get back on my feet. Thanks in advance.

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.

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.

SRJ's Comment
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Breezie - sorry for my confusion, but are you currently driving for Western Express?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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If WE gave you a second chance, be grateful. Be extra safe and work towards being their best driver ever. Sure you have a steep hill to climb now. This is what paying for your screw up is. Most of us, me for sure, have made huge mistakes in life that we have paid dearly for. Our lives are what we make of them. I wish you the best.

PJ's Comment
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I am probably not the best person to respond to this, however I will give you my best general advice. You have way more experience than I do, but I’m sure we do not share the same perspective.

The way you phrase some of your comments seem as though even though you say you take responsibility for your actions, you may not actually be. The ticket was not the troopers fault. The attorney you hired should be taking care of that situation that you paid a fee for them to do.

That really isn’t your main issue.

Your perspective during a stressful period in your life may be.

You say your working at Western Express. Your statements regarding that leads me to think you are unhappy there, and I am guessing everyone you work with knows it also.

IF your unhappy attitude is getting in the way with your dispatcher and others there they will be less concerned to be helpfull. That could be part of the problem with your earning potential.

You have been apart of this site for over 4 years. You already know that the main reason people tend to struggle is directly related to attitude. Stress effects everyone differently and often leads to very bad situations because we don’t think as clearly and often times will say or do things we otherwise would not.

Your employed and available to dispatch. Discuss your struggles with your dispatcher and work with them to improve your miles, which will give you more earning capacity. If your dispatcher isn’t working for you, try and change dispatchers. Sometimes personalities just don’t mix well.

I’m sorry if I sound harsh, but you provided very general information, I’m sure there are many more details. I’m basically attempting to get you to think about your situation and honestly look inward and see if you develop some answers.

I wish you the best with your situation.

Dispatcher:

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.
Breezie 's Comment
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Breezie - sorry for my confusion, but are you currently driving for Western Express?

Yes, I started at western in November.

SRJ's Comment
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Thanks for the clarification. Only going off your initial post, I’m just wondering if you could detail out the struggles you are having with Western. This site has so many knowledgeable and experienced drivers who may be able to assist in turning your struggles around to make you more successful.

Breezie 's Comment
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Thanks for the clarification. Only going off your initial post, I’m just wondering if you could detail out the struggles you are having with Western. This site has so many knowledgeable and experienced drivers who may be able to assist in turning your struggles around to make you more successful.

Sure, I apologize for the way I wrote it. I was trying to quickly sum everything up. The struggles I'm having at western is I'm not getting enough miles to make any money. Every Monday I send my dm a message letting him know I'm ready to roll after taking an involuntary 34 hour reset. Every week I ask for longer runs and more miles and he says he will work on keeping me planned up but the plans always fall through. I'm always polite and understanding. I'm never late for pick ups and deliveries. I'm usually early, as in last Monday they gave me a run that was 400 miles that delivered on Wednesday. I delivered on Monday. Because I was early I waited all day Tuesday for another load. When I got another load it picked up on Wednesday 300 miles away and delivery set for Friday. I delivered it on Thursday morning and luckily was assigned another load right away. I picked that load up on Thursday afternoon it was a little over 800 miles away and was set for delivery on Saturday. Unfortunately, they do not receive on the weekends and I've been stuck on this load all weekend. Also, it delivers at a port and I need an escort because i don't have a twic card. At 0700 this morning i asked for the money to pay the escort and it's now 1030 at night with no luck. I don't have the money to pay for it myself or i would just so I could deliver and I would let them reimburse me. They are aware of the situation and have been since Friday but my dm is unbothered. So I've ran a total of 700 miles that I will get paid for Friday and most weeks are like this. I've only had one week where I ran 2400 miles.

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.

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.

Breezie 's Comment
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If WE gave you a second chance, be grateful. Be extra safe and work towards being their best driver ever. Sure you have a steep hill to climb now. This is what paying for your screw up is. Most of us, me for sure, have made huge mistakes in life that we have paid dearly for. Our lives are what we make of them. I wish you the best.

I understand what you are saying and I am thankful I'm still able to drive. But I'm literally making pennies. In the past month I've only made $400. I usually end up having to sit and wait and wait and wait. It's like no matter how many times I call and message them I don't exist. I wait days for answers and issues to be resolved.

Breezie 's Comment
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I am probably not the best person to respond to this, however I will give you my best general advice. You have way more experience than I do, but I’m sure we do not share the same perspective.

The way you phrase some of your comments seem as though even though you say you take responsibility for your actions, you may not actually be. The ticket was not the troopers fault. The attorney you hired should be taking care of that situation that you paid a fee for them to do.

That really isn’t your main issue.

Your perspective during a stressful period in your life may be.

You say your working at Western Express. Your statements regarding that leads me to think you are unhappy there, and I am guessing everyone you work with knows it also.

IF your unhappy attitude is getting in the way with your dispatcher and others there they will be less concerned to be helpfull. That could be part of the problem with your earning potential.

You have been apart of this site for over 4 years. You already know that the main reason people tend to struggle is directly related to attitude. Stress effects everyone differently and often leads to very bad situations because we don’t think as clearly and often times will say or do things we otherwise would not.

Your employed and available to dispatch. Discuss your struggles with your dispatcher and work with them to improve your miles, which will give you more earning capacity. If your dispatcher isn’t working for you, try and change dispatchers. Sometimes personalities just don’t mix well.

I’m sorry if I sound harsh, but you provided very general information, I’m sure there are many more details. I’m basically attempting to get you to think about your situation and honestly look inward and see if you develop some answers.

I wish you the best with your situation.

No, you don't sound harsh at all. It's a great answer and I totally agree. The trooper was actually a nice guy I was implying the 35 limit was ridiculous but I'm sure it's there for a reason. Also I've addressed my concerns with dispatch several times in a polite manner but some of the issues I'm experiencing is for example, currently I'm on a load that delivers at a port and I do not have a twic card. I need an advance for the escort fee and I've been waiting for that since Friday. I've made several calls, messages and advance requests. I picked this load up on Thursday afternoon 800 miles away from the con signee, the appointment was set on Saturday but when I called to confirm I was informed they only receive M-F. So I've been stuck on this load for 4 days now and it's only 800 miles. I'm used to driving around 600-700 in a day. They won't let me drop the load to let another driver with a twic card deliver it and when i ask about paying for the escort the only answer i get is that they are working on it. I'm pretty laid back and understanding but this has gotten to be too much to handle. I've asked for different runs and more miles and even another dispatcher even though I like mine. I've never fussed, argued or been rude. I just feel as though I've fallen through the cracks at times. As far as my ticket and the attorney goes, I'm up s it creek without a paddle. I'm hoping I can get another attorney and try again at some point but I have to make a check over $150 first. I apologize for the generalization but it is a long drawn out story and I figured the details were unimportant. Basically I have a ticket and I'm wanting to know if there are any other options available to me where I can at least make the money to afford to attempt to get it fixed. And yes my perspective is screwed at this point. My outlook is bleak to say the least. But I am happy I'm employed and I'm trying to explore every option I have here at Western before quitting but they are not very helpful. I'm in the truck and do about three loads a week, that's all they care about. It's not as bad of a company as some make it out to be, I've definitely worked for worse and pretty much everyone I've dealt with is personable but they lack follow through.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Reading this, and looking at it from both sides (yours and the company's), I'll say that I'd be at the same frustration point myself. Waiting this long to me is ridiculous, too.

If I were you, with all this unwanted, extra time on your hands, I would be calling recruiters. Tell them all the facts and see what happens.

Obviously, be prepared for the inevitable "NO", but you won't know until you try.

"I know it sucks", "Hang in there", and "It will get better" are not what I'm going to offer you, because that's not what you need to hear right now.

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