Are There Any Companies That Will Hire Me?

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Daqwander P.'s Comment
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Hey guys so I'm looking into trying to get company sponsored training for my CDL. I have my CLP but am hitting quite a few road blocks it seems like. Here's the breakdown: I got my regular driver's license back in October of last year. In April I took a road trip from NY to PA and had an at fault accident. Two tickets were issued. One for unsafe lane change and one for speed not reasonable or prudent. And to top it off, because it was in my first 6 months of becoming a new driver (new York considers that the probationary period) my license was suspended for 60 days. It has been reinstated. All fees to the DMV and tickets are paid in full. But a lot of companies are turning me away. Which I understand. Are there any companies I might have a chance with? What is my best course of action? Wait it out? For how long?

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Since you had your license under a year, 2 tickets, a accident and a suspension really hurt you ( not that they are good anytime). My guess is most companies will make you wait probably 3 years. You need to have a license a minimum of 1 calendar year to be hired anyway now you have a major set back.

You can always keep applying especially to second chance companies like CRST, CR England and western Express just do not be surprised of they say no

G-Town's Comment
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Daqwander I think your best bet is to attempt employment working as a non-CDL driver. Even so, there might be an issue, but your chances are likely better.

Drive safer, your license is your primary resume when trying to start a driving career. Protect it.

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.
Banks's Comment
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I don't think you should be looking into getting a CDL right now. I spend a lot of time running on 95 and 84 and it definitely requires some level of experience, prudence and confidence.

Being from NY, I'm assuming you'd spend some time driving in the North East for home time. You don't have road time to be safe in those lanes.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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What is my best course of action?

Paid CDL training isn't an option right now with your driving history. Your options:

1) Wait it out. It's going to take a few years though.

2) Enlist. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard all train truck drivers. You will get room, board, pay AND training. With a four-year enlistment and a clean driving record you won't be able to beat the recruiters off with a stick.

3) The white Volvo plan. The least desirable option, but an option. Take out a loan, go to school and work 1099. You won't make much and you'll pay a fortune in insurance to a company in Romania you've never heard of before, but you will be driving. High risk, not for drivers who have better options.

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.
Dave T.'s Comment
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From my time being OTR and spending the majority of it in New England, that’s really not the best place for new drivers to start out. My second week working after I got My CDL was spent up there and I was totally lost. Before the days of smart phones and truck routing GPS, my atlas was my best friend. Between the traffic, the 4 wheelers and the parkways with those low bridges, it can be a nightmare around the city. I’m with the rest, get some time under your belt in a passenger vehicle and wait for those tickets to drop off and then look into driving a truck. I went through the local community college to get my CDL and at the time I was unemployed. If I would have worked it out correctly, the state could have paid and/or provided that training for me and helped with job placement too but that was years ago. There are a lot of city and county programs that help with that kinda stuff too if you’re able to get the help they offer. Maybe a scholarship program through a local school could be a possibility too.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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