Reckless Driving Ticket And Becoming A Trucker

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Benjamin L.'s Comment
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I had a pretty clean MRV, one ticket 10 over, 4 years ago, but a year ago I stupidly paid more attention to my wife than the road in a car with a cvt. I got popped at the bottom of a hill for 75 in a 55. Then I decided to compound on my stupidity and when the judge gave me a chance to reduce the charge I decided to not go to driver's school and take it. I thought it was reduced based on a record search I did, so after hearing about the shortage, I started looking into become a truck driver and the more I learn, the more I love it. So my questions are, If there is a training company that will take me, please let me know! (but after talking to CR England, Prime, CRST, and Wilson's I am pretty sure they don't exist). Now the more poignant question is if I get a CDL on my own does anybody know of company that would hire me then. I am about to hit 40 and need to make a major career change if I am going to retire safely.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Ben, companies hire on a case by case basis. The worst that can happen is you'll get a "no" answer. But it only takes one "yes" to hire you.

Don't waste your time getting a DIY CDL , the 160 hour course is a requirement.

Looking into Paid CDL Training Programs is the best way. You are all but hired if a company offers to train you.

Your first step is getting the CDL permit - a written test. Start here: High Road CDL Training Program. Further reading:

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I had a pretty clean MRV, one ticket 10 over, 4 years ago, but a year ago I stupidly paid more attention to my wife than the road in a car with a cvt. I got popped at the bottom of a hill for 75 in a 55. Then I decided to compound on my stupidity and when the judge gave me a chance to reduce the charge I decided to not go to driver's school and take it. I thought it was reduced based on a record search I did, so after hearing about the shortage, I started looking into become a truck driver and the more I learn, the more I love it. So my questions are, If there is a training company that will take me, please let me know! (but after talking to CR England, Prime, CRST, and Wilson's I am pretty sure they don't exist). Now the more poignant question is if I get a CDL on my own does anybody know of company that would hire me then. I am about to hit 40 and need to make a major career change if I am going to retire safely.

Even if you get a CDL from a local school, it does not expunge that reckless driving ticket. If companies rejected to take you to their school, they still wont hire you will a CDL. Primes looks down on new CDL grads because they have to be retrained to use our newer trucks and technology.

CR England rejected you and they are a second chance company. Good luck. It will take awhile. You may want to wait a year or 2 to put more distance since that ticket.

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 should definitely try at CFI.

Benjamin L.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the great replies, it really helps after facing rejection to get some useful advice. I spoke to a recruiter at Rhoel, (thanks to this site for giving that link that applied me to several companies at once), and they told me my RD was not a deal breaker. So I have my fingers crossed after filling out the application. Also after reading the replies I just applied at CFI.

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