Tickets Previous To Getting Cdl

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Austen J.'s Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

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.
Old School's Comment
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How long have you had your CDL?

Have you tried to get a truck driving job?

How did you get your 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.
Ramos L.'s Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

I was a recruiter at the company i work now a few years ago. For careless it was three years, and it is perhaps one of the more laxed companies you'll find (at least big companies) so that may give you a barometer. Maybe a smaller company will be willing to give you a shot. Did you cause an accident? That also counts.

Best of luck!

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.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

Careless or reckless driving tickets are going to be next to impossible to overcome without experience. You may find a company willing to give you a shot, but most likely that company is not going to be a solid company with a good training program. With that type of conviction, the companies that might look at bringing you on with no experience are looking at you as a driver to be exploited. I am talking about 1099 companies, that sort of thing. Any of the big carriers that have good training programs and maintain equipment well won't touch you. What would be left is companies that know you don't really have many options, so they are willing to take advantage of you.

So, to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are hired by a company with whom you have to fight just to get paid, a company that is not putting you in a position to be safe in running good miles, I suggest waiting a few years for that ticket to age. Because you have no experience, it will probably take 5 years for that ticket to no longer be an issue. That's 5 years from the date of conviction on the 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.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

Austen;

Not that you'll ever stop back (we're used to it...) but, just wondering...how DID you get your CDL with that on your record ... anyway? Your CDL sure can get so stale, a year down the road; especially a fresh, unused one. Perhaps, a community college or a pricey 'pay your own way' school didn't care to ask about your driving record, prior to taking your money...?

Have you ever applied for a driving job, in between that year? Or even since? Somebody "scammed" you, and many private schools can, per se. "Here's a lollipop but you can't have it because you were bad" ...for a year, or three.

This, folks, is why we STRONGLY SUGGEST company paid training. You WILL have a job and be driving after successful completion!!! They would have probably passed on you, Austen (or they may have, is why you went private pay ?) until that ticket had dropped off.

Why would you question 'getting insurance?' In a CMV , you don't need your own insurance. Do you not have insurance on your own vehicle? This thread has more questions than answers, O/P.

Not that you'll reply, but if you read this Austen... the state you reside in (that you didn't add but should) could also make a difference. We really don't have enough to go on, but it's not hopeless!

~ Anne ~

ps: This IS the most helpful CMV driver's forum for starting a career, anywhere. Wish you well.

pps: If you still have your CDL, try this: Apply For Paid CDL Training

and/or this one: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs, can't hurt!

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
G-Town's Comment
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Ryan most companies only go back 3 years for tickets for any applicant, unless it’s a DUI. Not 5 years as you stated.

That said reckless driving is a serious charge, shows a lack of good judgement, casting aside safety for the sake of driving erratically.

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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

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Careless or reckless driving tickets are going to be next to impossible to overcome without experience. You may find a company willing to give you a shot, but most likely that company is not going to be a solid company with a good training program. With that type of conviction, the companies that might look at bringing you on with no experience are looking at you as a driver to be exploited. I am talking about 1099 companies, that sort of thing. Any of the big carriers that have good training programs and maintain equipment well won't touch you. What would be left is companies that know you don't really have many options, so they are willing to take advantage of you.

So, to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are hired by a company with whom you have to fight just to get paid, a company that is not putting you in a position to be safe in running good miles, I suggest waiting a few years for that ticket to age. Because you have no experience, it will probably take 5 years for that ticket to no longer be an issue. That's 5 years from the date of conviction on the 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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Ryan most companies only go back 3 years for tickets for any applicant, unless it’s a DUI. Not 5 years as you stated.

That said reckless driving is a serious charge, shows a lack of good judgement, casting aside safety for the sake of driving erratically.

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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

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Careless or reckless driving tickets are going to be next to impossible to overcome without experience. You may find a company willing to give you a shot, but most likely that company is not going to be a solid company with a good training program. With that type of conviction, the companies that might look at bringing you on with no experience are looking at you as a driver to be exploited. I am talking about 1099 companies, that sort of thing. Any of the big carriers that have good training programs and maintain equipment well won't touch you. What would be left is companies that know you don't really have many options, so they are willing to take advantage of you.

So, to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are hired by a company with whom you have to fight just to get paid, a company that is not putting you in a position to be safe in running good miles, I suggest waiting a few years for that ticket to age. Because you have no experience, it will probably take 5 years for that ticket to no longer be an issue. That's 5 years from the date of conviction on the ticket.

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I thought I remembered from filling out applications that severe tickets like reckless driving are 5 years.

My apologies for the misstatement.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Austen J.'s Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

So to answer a couple of questions I got my cdl in the state of New Mexico. I don’t really know the full laws on what they require to gain a cdl but my driving record was never brought up or questioned. I got my eldt and behind the wheel training by certified trainers. I just applied for a job yesterday and they said I will have to wait at least 2 years (being that my conviction was a year ago and non wreck causing) before they will take another look at me. Having no experience and a bad driving record I may never find a job or getting insurance if I were to buy my own truck.

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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This is typical and why we recommend company sponsored training. So many people waste time and money with CDL school and can't get hired.

Apply everywhere and good luck

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.

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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About a year or so before getting my cdl license, I got a careless driving ticket. I was just wondering how bad of a problem this is for finding a job or even getting insurance. Thanks

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So to answer a couple of questions I got my cdl in the state of New Mexico. I don’t really know the full laws on what they require to gain a cdl but my driving record was never brought up or questioned. I got my eldt and behind the wheel training by certified trainers. I just applied for a job yesterday and they said I will have to wait at least 2 years (being that my conviction was a year ago and non wreck causing) before they will take another look at me. Having no experience and a bad driving record I may never find a job or getting insurance if I were to buy my own truck.

Austen;

Welcome back!

Please add your state of residence to your profile; helps us help you.

I recently shared this link to another member's thread; no Idea if it helps or not, they were named on the list of FMCSA's 16 members to Women's Trucking Advisory Board: SAP & RTD help; LOTR.

This is typical and why we recommend company sponsored training. So many people waste time and money with CDL school and can't get hired.

Apply everywhere and good luck

Yep, she's right again; and SHE should be on that FMCSA'S Women's Advisory Board, IMHO!

Here's a list on TT .. Trucker's Wiki; hiring less than stellar drivers!

Have you even TRIED the links I provided, above? If not, you really should!

You could also check Dutch Maid Logistics; not sure if they hire out your way. Dutch Maid Logistics; mention Trucking Truth, it might help!

Best wishes; Austen. Glad you stopped back, wish you stopped first.

~ Anne ~

ps: This... is informative, as well: FMCSA Driver Qualifications; updated list.

^^^^^Everyone should bookmark this; it's hard to find! Brett, if you're reading this.. ADD, haha! (You too, G'Town & Rainy!)

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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