Will Large Fleet Trucking Companies Hire Me With A Pending Ticket?

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Victor K.'s Comment
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I would like to know if its possible to get in big companies like swift, cr England and etc. With a pending traffic ticket? I know nobody is perfect and wondering if these companies with take drivers whose record is not clean but not ridiculously dirty like 40 speeding tickets, dui , and etc?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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What is the pending traffic ticket for? And how many tickets and what are they for?

Victor K.'s Comment
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Speeding ticket and i was giving an example with the 40 tickets i want to know if these carriers would take anyone as long they dont have a criminal record

What is the pending traffic ticket for? And how many tickets and what are they for?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Victor asks:

Speeding ticket and i was giving an example with the 40 tickets i want to know if these carriers would take anyone as long they dont have a criminal record

Trucking companies are looking for drivers who are already driving safely. Traffic tickets are a good indicator of (un)safe driving. Traffic violations aren't really considered "criminal records".

There are Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons.

Victor K.'s Comment
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Of course but again nobody and i doubt there are companies that will only hire perfect drivers with perfect record we all make mistakes and get points on our record. If there are companies take felons im sure they take drivers that have some points and just got their cdl. Im able to proceed to get my cdl in my state as long i didn't get major traffic offenses in a cmv.

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Speeding ticket and i was giving an example with the 40 tickets i want to know if these carriers would take anyone as long they dont have a criminal record

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Trucking companies are looking for drivers who are already driving safely. Traffic tickets are a good indicator of (un)safe driving. Traffic violations aren't really considered "criminal records".

There are Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Davy A.'s Comment
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The ticket needs to be settled in court one way or another. Most of the companies will have requirements posted. For example no more than 2 tickets in the last 2 years that were 15 or over. Knight and Swift both are no more than 2 in the last 2 years that are 15 MpH over and both declined to hire me. Prime is as well, however they finally after reviewing it did prehire. Depends on how fast you were going and what the conviction is. I just have been going through this. If you have a lot of tickets recently, Western Express literally said: "As long as you didn't have a CDL or CLP at the time, We Dont Care".

And one other note, Knight and Swift, Wiltrans all asked me for the actual speed cited and said that is what makes the difference with them as to weather or not they can hire you. For instance, if you were cited at say 131 in a 60 but pled down to 10-19 over, they eventually can get access to the original citation anyway, best to be honest upfront about it.

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.

Prehire:

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Victor, Davy has experience with this issue. It is causing him problems.

You need to get the ticket settled in court. You also need to be aware that any ticket 15 over is going to be really detrimental to your chances. Every trucking company I know of considers that as reckless driving. Most of them won't touch you if that is not older than 3 years. Safety is a big concern out here. They don't just take the attitude that everybody makes a mistake now and then. They want to see a record of safe driving. You are at a disadvantage when you are competing against folks with good clean driving records for a job. That doesn't mean you wouldn't turn out to be a better driver than those other folks, but it's all they have to go by at this point. They will always choose the folks with the best driving record when they are given the choice.

Don't make the mistake of thinking driver demand makes this career an easy one to step into. Our records follow us. Sometimes they hinder us.

There are a few companies who are less strict on your driving record. CRST, Western Express, and C.R. England come to mind. You might also want to check with CFI - they would be my first choice, were I in your situation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Victor K.'s Comment
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Thanks i will do that once i get my cdl I'm tired of these 9 to 5 jobs and like to drive for a living and retired as a professional driver but these cops are there to ruin any chance of that. But i wonder if the companies look at the ticket issue date or the date im convicted on?

Victor, Davy has experience with this issue. It is causing him problems.

You need to get the ticket settled in court. You also need to be aware that any ticket 15 over is going to be really detrimental to your chances. Every trucking company I know of considers that as reckless driving. Most of them won't touch you if that is not older than 3 years. Safety is a big concern out here. They don't just take the attitude that everybody makes a mistake now and then. They want to see a record of safe driving. You are at a disadvantage when you are competing against folks with good clean driving records for a job. That doesn't mean you wouldn't turn out to be a better driver than those other folks, but it's all they have to go by at this point. They will always choose the folks with the best driving record when they are given the choice.

Don't make the mistake of thinking driver demand makes this career an easy one to step into. Our records follow us. Sometimes they hinder us.

There are a few companies who are less strict on your driving record. CRST, Western Express, and C.R. England come to mind. You might also want to check with CFI - they would be my first choice, were I in your situation.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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like to drive for a living and retired as a professional driver but these cops are there to ruin any chance of that.

Come now, are you sure you want to stand by that statement? Was it the cops who forced you into exceeding the posted speed limit?

I'll warn you ahead of your trucking career that there is a great deal of personal responsibility required to succeed at trucking. You are in control of your own vehicle. The "cops" are there to correct those who don't control their vehicle properly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Thanks i will do that once i get my cdl I'm tired of these 9 to 5 jobs and like to drive for a living and retired as a professional driver but these cops are there to ruin any chance of that. But i wonder if the companies look at the ticket issue date or the date im convicted on?

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Victor, Davy has experience with this issue. It is causing him problems.

You need to get the ticket settled in court. You also need to be aware that any ticket 15 over is going to be really detrimental to your chances. Every trucking company I know of considers that as reckless driving. Most of them won't touch you if that is not older than 3 years. Safety is a big concern out here. They don't just take the attitude that everybody makes a mistake now and then. They want to see a record of safe driving. You are at a disadvantage when you are competing against folks with good clean driving records for a job. That doesn't mean you wouldn't turn out to be a better driver than those other folks, but it's all they have to go by at this point. They will always choose the folks with the best driving record when they are given the choice.

Don't make the mistake of thinking driver demand makes this career an easy one to step into. Our records follow us. Sometimes they hinder us.

There are a few companies who are less strict on your driving record. CRST, Western Express, and C.R. England come to mind. You might also want to check with CFI - they would be my first choice, were I in your situation.

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Conviction date. Its not the cops fault you were speeding. Trust me, I have a serious love of all things that go fast, and ultimately, each time I got a ticket, it was my choice to speed, my choice to ignore the possible repercussions of speeding. At least the recruiters I have talked to have told me to be completely honest about my tickets and take responsibility for them, if not there is a good chance you could get the boot at orientation.

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.

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.

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