Dont Get Speeding Tickets If You Want To Get Hired Easily.

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Ryan O.'s Comment
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Oh and I will add something I didnt see mentioned in a reply. You better break that speeding habit. When you are in a tractor trailer set up. You have bullseye on you. State troopers don't even ask for excuses. They just write the ticket and go through your logs and truck to find reason for more tickets. Local law enforcement agency get a hard on for pulling over bug trucks. Nothing makes a rookie deputy happier than sticking his chest out in the squad room and bragging about nailing some dumb truck driver that day.

Here was my last ticket.. 65 for big trucks, 70 for cars. Im doing 65 and come up on 4 trucks in a row and last one doing 60. I didnt want to block the left lane so I hammered down to govern speed of 72. I pass the last truck and go down to 65 again. Trooper pulls me over. Comes up with a big grin and I tried to explain. He said " I don't care, its not my problem and yea I can write you a ticket for hold up left lane too. I don't care, but I won't inspect you just to be nice".. There are excuses. Its a ticket and your CDL going away.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jammer a's Comment
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I had speeding and dui bro and I had to wait another 5 years or so to finally get looked at

Damn those tickets. Well, actually damn the choice I made to speed so much. Swift, Prime, Knight, Schneider, Stevens All have been a no go. They cant determine if the violations were 15 over or not. The original citations were plead down to a range 10-19 over. 3 tickets in 2 years. I was able to have some very good luck and skill in the courts resulting in pleading down the original alleged speed to a much much much....much lower number in some cases. So providing the actual ticket speed wouldn't help either, in fact it would harm my cause.

So, I can do school self pay upfront, Western said "We don't care how many tickets you got and how fast they were, as long as it was before you had a CDL". Sounds like a winner to me.

Any other speed demons out there had trouble with leadfootism that lead to difficulty in getting hired?

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Jammer a's Comment
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100%truth I just found out the hard way in Louisiana

Oh and I will add something I didnt see mentioned in a reply. You better break that speeding habit. When you are in a tractor trailer set up. You have bullseye on you. State troopers don't even ask for excuses. They just write the ticket and go through your logs and truck to find reason for more tickets. Local law enforcement agency get a hard on for pulling over bug trucks. Nothing makes a rookie deputy happier than sticking his chest out in the squad room and bragging about nailing some dumb truck driver that day.

Here was my last ticket.. 65 for big trucks, 70 for cars. Im doing 65 and come up on 4 trucks in a row and last one doing 60. I didnt want to block the left lane so I hammered down to govern speed of 72. I pass the last truck and go down to 65 again. Trooper pulls me over. Comes up with a big grin and I tried to explain. He said " I don't care, its not my problem and yea I can write you a ticket for hold up left lane too. I don't care, but I won't inspect you just to be nice".. There are excuses. Its a ticket and your CDL going away.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You have 3 borderline reckless driving tickets in a short span, that will be a huge red flag to any company as obviously you didn't learn from the first one or even second one.

You may have to wait 3-5 years from the date of your most recent conviction, even then a lot of companies will probably pass.

Don's Comment
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Speed can sneak up on you if uiu ou are not paying close attention at all times. I will not go over 5 mph the limit on highways, etc., and never above in the city.under any circumstances. Sure, others may complain about being slow, but unless they want to pay my fines and take my points, I don't give a darn. My company has never complained.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Just got off the phone with Western. Recruiter said yes, will hire even with the tickets. As far as team goes, would be teamed with my brother post training, He also said yes to hiring him. Since Western doesnt have a school, although they do have reimbursement, doesnt sound like a bad option. Both of us have financing for USTDS here in Denver.

While I would prefer to find one thats paid for, with no out of pocket up front, I would say this is the next best thing given poor choices I made in regards to speeding.

I certainly dont blame anyone for my speeding but me. Have I learned my lesson from it? Yes. It is what it is at this point. My success or failure rests in my hands with Western or any other company for that matter. I would like to make sure to the extent that I can, that Im hired with them, before I start CDL school.

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.
Xnihilo's Comment
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The main reason I sold my Ducati. I was fortunate I didn't get a ticket, but constantly looking over my shoulder for smokies took all the fun out of it. Went to dual-sport and Harley to keep things reasonable.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Just got off the phone with Western. Recruiter said yes, will hire even with the tickets. As far as team goes, would be teamed with my brother post training, He also said yes to hiring him. Since Western doesnt have a school, although they do have reimbursement, doesnt sound like a bad option. Both of us have financing for USTDS here in Denver.

While I would prefer to find one thats paid for, with no out of pocket up front, I would say this is the next best thing given poor choices I made in regards to speeding.

I certainly dont blame anyone for my speeding but me. Have I learned my lesson from it? Yes. It is what it is at this point. My success or failure rests in my hands with Western or any other company for that matter. I would like to make sure to the extent that I can, that Im hired with them, before I start CDL school.

I wish you well, man. Just understand that when you DO get that 'freshly minted' CDL . . . if you get ONE speeding ticket, even in your PV while in possession of that PROFESSIONAL license, you are probably toast. For a LONG while. Pretty much what Western said.

Dutch Maid might take a look at you, also.. with a CDLA already. Looks like you'll have to go that route, or wait it out. Don't know about May trucking that's been mentioned; at all. Melton (flatbed) might look at you, as well.

Are you wanting to go vans or flats w/Western, btw? Seriously seems like your best bet; just get a pre hire.

Best to ya; keep us posted!

~ Anne ~

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Davy A.'s Comment
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The main reason I sold my Ducati. I was fortunate I didn't get a ticket, but constantly looking over my shoulder for smokies took all the fun out of it. Went to dual-sport and Harley to keep things reasonable.

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Just got off the phone with Western. Recruiter said yes, will hire even with the tickets. As far as team goes, would be teamed with my brother post training, He also said yes to hiring him. Since Western doesnt have a school, although they do have reimbursement, doesnt sound like a bad option. Both of us have financing for USTDS here in Denver.

While I would prefer to find one thats paid for, with no out of pocket up front, I would say this is the next best thing given poor choices I made in regards to speeding.

I certainly dont blame anyone for my speeding but me. Have I learned my lesson from it? Yes. It is what it is at this point. My success or failure rests in my hands with Western or any other company for that matter. I would like to make sure to the extent that I can, that Im hired with them, before I start CDL school.

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I wish you well, man. Just understand that when you DO get that 'freshly minted' CDL . . . if you get ONE speeding ticket, even in your PV while in possession of that PROFESSIONAL license, you are probably toast. For a LONG while. Pretty much what Western said.

Dutch Maid might take a look at you, also.. with a CDLA already. Looks like you'll have to go that route, or wait it out. Don't know about May trucking that's been mentioned; at all. Melton (flatbed) might look at you, as well.

Are you wanting to go vans or flats w/Western, btw? Seriously seems like your best bet; just get a pre hire.

Best to ya; keep us posted!

~ Anne ~

My R1 is for sale as we speak. I love the bike, but I quit riding on the street anyway after being on the track. Its really uncomfortable to ride around cagers and its just too unsafe.

For sure on the tickets. My days of speeding anywhere except a racetrack are done. I practice in my pickup every time Im in it. (F150 with the Coyote 5-0) I put postit notes on the dash for reminders. Just keep reprograming my behavior, one minute at a time. I know I have a problem with speeding, acknowledge it and am taking action on it. If nothing changes....nothing changes.

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Xnihilo's Comment
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Davy,

Don't give up on a two-wheeled life. If you're like me (and you are) you will not be able to get it out of your system. What I did was change perspectives on The Ride. Instead of dragging knees around Angeles Crest Hwy, I switched to a slower, more contemplative type of riding and exploring on my DR650 and Electra Glide. Maybe it's just age, but I don't feel like I've lost anything; I think I'm enjoying motorcycling more than ever. Instead of fearing the po-po around every corner I now wave to them on the way by. Face it, if you're stressed about The Ride what's the fun in it?

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