Is My Driving Career Over?

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Patrick O.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I have a couple questions. I got my CDL in 2017. Was OTR for 4 years from 2017 to 2021. During one of my home visits I got a d.u.i. in my personal vehicle. I refused to blow (i live in Florida) so I lost my license for a year and the d.u.i. was reduced to a wreckless driving. That was February of 2021. Once the year was up I got my license and CDL back. My question is will I ever be able to drive a truck again ? If so how long do I have to wait? It feels like my CDL is completely useless now and nobody will touch me. I know it's totally my fault. It was a huge mistake on my part. I loved being on the road and hope this isn't the end. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Scott M's Comment
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Bottom line- Get a job at a second chance company like Western Express. (There are other solutions). Let us know after you’ve applied.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Don't listen to that nonsense posted above. You have driving experience and the conviction is for reckless driving. Consider yourself fortunate. It will be 3 years after the conviction that this blemish is no longer a concern to companies.

In the meantime, apply at every company that offers what you are seeking. Don't worry about whether or not it is a "second chance" company. Either they will consider bringing you on or they won't. No harm done in applying.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Don't listen to that nonsense posted above. You have driving experience and the conviction is for reckless driving. Consider yourself fortunate. It will be 3 years after the conviction that this blemish is no longer a concern to companies.

How is his response nonsense? The OP's license was SUSPENDED FOR A YEAR and has only had it back for roughly 6 months. Do you personally know of a carrier hiring somebody with a recent suspension AND reckless? Although the dui was knocked down to a reckless that isn't much better. Companies will still be able to see the initial charge was DUI and he refused the test. True, it doesn't "harm" anything to apply to jobs but why waste your time when it's a huge red flag and those with much more lenient requirements (second chance) like western express or trans am are likely the only ones interested.

You could always use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. One application will be sent to several companies to save you time to see if you're hire able or what you need to do to be employed as a driver again.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Regardless of whether it was dropped down or even expunged....companies will see it. And many companies will not take a DUI at all my so I agree with Rob. Expect the second chance.companies to be more accepting but also pay less. Get your experience and then more on IF you wish. I know people who love CRE and have been there for years. It works for them.

Good luck and don't give up. Learn from your blatant disregard for your livelihood as well as public safety. Admit it without blame.

Dm:

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

BK's Comment
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Don't listen to that nonsense posted above. You have driving experience and the conviction is for reckless driving. Consider yourself fortunate. It will be 3 years after the conviction that this blemish is no longer a concern to companies.

In the meantime, apply at every company that offers what you are seeking. Don't worry about whether or not it is a "second chance" company. Either they will consider bringing you on or they won't. No harm done in applying.

Sorry, you lost me here. What exactly is “that nonsense posted above”? Maybe I missed it. confused.gif

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey everyone, I have a couple questions. I got my CDL in 2017. Was OTR for 4 years from 2017 to 2021. During one of my home visits I got a d.u.i. in my personal vehicle. I refused to blow (i live in Florida) so I lost my license for a year and the d.u.i. was reduced to a wreckless driving. That was February of 2021. Once the year was up I got my license and CDL back. My question is will I ever be able to drive a truck again ? If so how long do I have to wait? It feels like my CDL is completely useless now and nobody will touch me. I know it's totally my fault. It was a huge mistake on my part. I loved being on the road and hope this isn't the end. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Hey, Patrick O.;

In case nobody said it yet, welcome to Trucking Truth! I wish you found us under better circumstances, however . . . anyway!

Regarding 2nd chance companies; getting hired in Florida is sometimes an issue, in and of itself. A couple other companies you may want to look into, in Florida are:

Dutch Maid Logistics, here: Dutchmaid Logistics Complete Information, Ohio and Florida; ask for Sam.

Cypress Truck Lines, here: Cypress Truck Lines, Jacksonville FL Flatbed OTR, Regional , Local.; ask for Clay.

One more thing; if you'll at least put your state (Florida) in your profile, other members of TT browsing by, will be able to come up with some other ideas, just with a glance.

Lastly; if you contact either of the above companies (AND if you contact CR England,) mention us; either Anne or Brett at Trucking Truth ! I'm actively in a job search for my husband, too.

Best of luck to you; hope this helps. Please stop back & let us know.

~ Anne ~ good-luck.gif

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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