Terminated During Training, No Verifiable OTR Experience. Any Company Advice?

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RJ's Comment
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Hello, I was with TMC and got my CDL through their training program. I had an accident over the weekend in my personal vehicle, and they decided to terminate my employment, which i understand. I'm still hoping to be an OTR truck driver, does anyone know companies that will hire people in this situation. Swift said to get 6 months OTR with another company. I still have a valid Class A CDL.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

PackRat's Comment
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What were you cited for in this accident?

Is your training paid off completely with TMC?

How long were you driving at TMC? Solo?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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What were you cited for in this accident?

Is your training paid off completely with TMC?

How long were you driving at TMC? Solo?

Indeed, very important!! ^^^^^ As long as it's nothing 'too serious' (ie: fatalaties, reckless op/endangerment,etc...) you still have a stake in the 'game.'

After you reply to the above, fill THIS 'one and done' app out asap . . . the sooner the better, before you get 'stale' as the industry states: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Yet, with NO verifiable OTR experience (not even a month?!?!? were you still in training with TMC?) you might do better with THIS link. (You HAVE OPTIONS!) Apply For Paid CDL Training

I can almost BET you that at least two of the companies in our 'cache' above, would reach out to you!!

Best wishes, Ryan/(RJ!)

~ 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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Banks's Comment
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I don't know much about TMC policy, but something about this doesn't sound right.

You say over the weekend. For arguments sake, we'll say Saturday. You inform them on Saturday or Sunday, somebody looks it at on Monday and you're fired by Tuesday morning?

I don't believe they fired you for the accident, with a few exceptions. For example you say "that car came out of nowhere and I hit them" or like Packrat said you got a citation and that usually makes it your fault. In that case you got fired for causing an accident not being in an accident.

RJ's Comment
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The trooper gave me a summons for failing to maintain my lane. I have not paid off my training with TMC, the gentleman wasn't in the office, so i think he'll call me sometime later this week. I was still in training, i was on week 4 of 5.

RJ's Comment
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Hello Anne,

I was given a summons for failing to maintain my lane. But, no other vehicles / people involved.

I still have my Class A, and i was looking at going through another CDL school incase no company will take me without OTR experience..

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

RJ's Comment
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@Banks

I'm thinking it is because after I got my CDL , i was run off the road by a semi in a snowstorm, and there was an accident at a truck stop with my first trainer. So, i think it was a 3 strikes kind of thing...

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.
Banks's Comment
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You were in an at fault accident and you received a citation. You also have 2 accidents within a short amount of time.

Your options will be very limited. I'd recommend reaching out to Western Express, CR England or dutch maid. Be honest about what happened and accept responsibility for what happened.

RJ's Comment
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@Banks,

Unfortunatley, that's what I expected. I applied to CFI and they called me within like 20 minutes, I just have to figure out getting a certificate of completion. They said without documentation of me completing a CDL course, they can't do anything with me.. so for them I have to figure that out.

Since you bring up Dutch Maid, are they a good company to work for ? I haven't heard of them, but just looked them up, Thank you for the responses and advice, I appreciate 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.
PackRat's Comment
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You will never get a certificate of completion from a company until the tuition is paid for.

I would also wager that before this Friday, a debt collection company will be handling this for TMC.

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