Can A Careless Driving Ticket Over 3 Years Ago Ruin Chances Of Truck During Job?

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Hello sir or ma’am - it really depends on the carrier, do you have any other tickets, duis anything like that? Careless/Reckless driving is typically considered a more serious driving offense and your personal driving record (MVR - motor vehicle report) is used to weigh and judge your character (driving wise).

A big rig has the potential to do a lot more damage than a car, so most reputable trucking companies will closely screen a new driver. Insurability determines a lot in trucking and can determine your fate (as it were). The good news is that the older the offense without any newer offenses or repeat offenses the better your chances are.

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As some helpful guides for you. You may even want to call some of the recruiting offices for companies you are interested in to find out how they view and handle something like this. I think the best key for you would be to try and get on with a carrier that will actually train you to get your CDL and get you a job with them once your training process is complete. This way you are already pre screened, they know about the ticket and have already determined whether or not they can employ you and if not they can tell you how much longer you need to wait (with them). You want to make sure that the ticket is a non-issue BEFORE you start singing ipapers and documents and make any sort of monetary commitment for a CDL.

I have known folks who got their CDL privately and had hang ups getting a job….me being one of them. And if you have a pre-tarnished MVR and get your CDL privately and can’t get a job, you have wasted a lot of money and time - trust me!

Best of luck, I sincerely wish you well and hope this can move forward for you!


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.


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.


Driving Under the Influence


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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