A Bad Driving Record Pre-trucking Career

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Robert M.'s Comment
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Before choosing a career as a trucker, I would like to know will a trucking company hire me with a couple of speeding tickets on my record?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott B.'s Comment
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It really depends on the severity of the speeding tickets, the length of time between and since and the company. Nearly all companies have a policy regarding this very thing. Look on the company profiles here on TT under trucking schools and trucking jobs to start. Also, try different companies websites and look at their minimum requirements. If the only thing you have against you is 2 tickets in the last 3 years you should be able to find someone to give you a chance. In the meantime, apply to as many companies as you can and DONT GET ANYMORE TICKETS.

Scott B.'s Comment
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I just noticed it was your first post too Robert. Welcome to Trucking Truth.

James W.'s Comment
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That depends on a company where you are applying for a job. I recommend you to get the copy of your DMV record. You are aware about the couple of tickets that are generated recently for speeding offense, but it might be possible that due to some clerical error your DMV record would display more. In simple words, cross check the number of tickets generated before applying for a job.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The standard is right about no more than 2 moving violations with 3 years. Some are down to no more than 2 moving violations in 2 years. But also know that let's say you have 2 moving violations in 3 years which is the companies max of allowable ticket and you get hired on.......if you get even 1 ticket then you will be fired because you exceed their ticket threshold.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Regarding the severity of the tickets....more than 15 mph over the speed limit is considered reckless driving and very few companies will hire anyone with a reckless driving within the past 3 years. If they're less than 15 mph above the limit then the normal 3 moving violations within the past 3 years will apply.

James W.'s Comment
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If you are looking to make your career as a Truck driver, a bad driving record will always put you in the back seat. Either tickets or any offense on your driving record gives a bad impression. Its better to check your records before applying for such jobs. Request your copy of driving record from the state's DMV office and ensure if everything is correct.

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.

Roy B.'s Comment
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What if your tickets are not for speeding , but driving while license is suspended. I was told by one recruiter that their company does not count those against my driving record. Only to have my welcome packet and ticket purchased. Then informed by another recruiter that they do count and I would be disqualified with their company. I have 6 points on my driving record I was told and they only allow 4 points. I will not speak of the company to protect anonymity. Are there any companies that will qualify me for sponsorship with 6 points?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roy B.'s Comment
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What if your tickets are not for speeding , but driving while license is suspended. I was told by one recruiter that their company does not count those against my driving record. Only to have my welcome packet and ticket purchased. Then informed by another recruiter that they do count and I would be disqualified with their company. I have 6 points on my driving record I was told and they only allow 4 points. I will not speak of the company to protect anonymity. Are there any companies that will qualify me for sponsorship with 6 points?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roy B.'s Comment
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What if your tickets are not for speeding , but driving while license is suspended. I was told by one recruiter that their company does not count those against my driving record. Only to have my welcome packet and ticket purchased. Then informed by another recruiter that they do count and I would be disqualified with their company. I have 6 points on my driving record I was told and they only allow 4 points. I will not speak of the company to protect anonymity. Are there any companies that will qualify me for sponsorship with 6 points?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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