Adverse Action

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KB's Comment
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Hello: I was involved in an accident in January 2020 (personal vehicle) that I didn't commit which caused adverse action on my CDL-B. I've been studying for for CDL-A learners permit/tanker hazmat endorsements (March 2023 target date to take tests/fingerprints TWIC). The accident appeared on my record in March 2020 but I was told once that date passes I'll be fine to reapply for the numerous jobs that I submitted from those various companies, should I apply directly after that date or wait sometime afterwards such as April or May 2023? Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated...thank you.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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If it was not your fault, it won't matter. You don't receive any citations when it's the other driver's fault.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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As PackRat pointed out, an accident that wasn't your fault should be a non-issue, but you mention in your post about there being adverse action. Let's be honest here. Was this an accident that YOU say wasn't your fault, but ended up being determined to be a preventable on your record? The details of the accident is a huge factor in how long it may take for you to be able to upgrade your license.

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