Lost My CDL Because School F'd Me Over!

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Christopher C.'s Comment
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Good morning all, I couldn't think of a better title to explain my situation so here we go.

In July of 2018 I enrolled in Carolina truck driving school in Charlotte, NC to get my CDL. I was pre hired with Stevens transport and finished my year contract with them and I came off the road to find a local driving job. Well, not long after, I get a letter in the mail saying I need to retest in 4 days or I lose my CDL. I didn't have access to a truck at the time so I had to surrender it.

This was in June or July of 2019.

Basically, the school was audited and there were no files on hand showing that I and hundreds of other students took our CDL practical tests. One of the instructors allegedly stole the files. Feel free to look it up. WSOCTV did a news story about them.

Fast forward to now and I want to get my cdl back. Is it even possible? I'll gladly go through the whole process again to get them back. There were a few class action lawsuits taken up against them and alot of people told me to contact an attorney but I'd rather just wipe my hands clean of them and move on. Besides, going through the process again is probably for the best since I have not been around a truck in 2 years.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Banks's Comment
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Something similar happened here in Pennsylvania. It was a school I was looking at and in contact with. The Pennsylvania department of transportation audited the school and found out that they were passing everybody. They were a third party test site and everyone that took their test there had to get retested or loseb their license. That's what made me decide to go through company sponsored training.

You should be fine going through the whole process again. As long as you have employment history and a clean MVR , it shouldn't be an issue.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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What about contacting the state's Attorney General office, or the State Police? See what they may say.

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