Ticket And No Employment For 2+ Years.

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Mike J.'s Comment
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Hello. I just signed up to this site, hoping for some answers from those in the know and willing to share some knowledge.

I got my cdl in NC about 4 1/2 years ago. First and only job was delivering building materials driving many different trucks. Class a, b, auto, manual with a moffett on the back most of the time. I worked this job for 2 years.

I quit, spend 6 months fixing my house, sold it & moved from NC to MO and have been doing everything but working for money for the last 2 years. So for the last 2 1/2 years, I've been unemployed.

I recently got a ticket for the first time in 20 years. Improper lane use or some BS like that. There was a sign I didn't see along with a cop I didn't see & bada-bing, the two formed an alliance against me and they together produced ticket for me.

Here are my questions: 1. Am I stuck with this ticket? Is this anti-masking law going to prevent me from keeping the points off my cdl? 2. Do I have too much time between employment (2 1/2 yrs) to just jump back into driving? 3. If I am stuck with this ticket, and if it's been too long since I've driven and need to take a refresher course, and if job prospects are low (seemingly very poor economy and getting worse), should I turn in my cdl and get my old class c back so I can keep this ticket off my class c, not having to worry about this anti-masking law anymore?

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Mike, everybody has "life baggage" of one sort or another.

Q. #1: Speeding ticket. These mostly are done on a case-by-case basis. I got a 15-over speeding ticket about a month before I hired on to Swift's training Academy. Had a surgically clean driving record before that (and still do). But the ticket had no affect on getting a truck driving job.

Q. #2: I assume your "2 1/2 years" is for CDL driving? You will need to get a refresher course. If it is for unemployment or personal reasons, be ready to explain yourself and maybe have some documentation.

Q. #3: I don't know what you mean here. A ticket is a ticket, regardless of what you were driving at the time. If your CDL is still "good", and you don't get a CDL job, it's a good idea to keep up with the required physicals. That will keep your CDL status going, but you may have to deal with Question #1 down the road.

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.
Brandon G.'s Comment
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I would definitely hire an attorney to fight the ticket. Worst case scenario you’ll end up with a reduced ticket depending on state and past driving history.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Never ever turn in that CDL. You would then have to do entire exams over if u change ur mind later.

The unemployment could be an issue. Any unemployment, not just trucking. Apply everywhere... fight the ticket.

Dont go to recruiters with "the sign i didnt see conspured with the cop i didnt see".

You are a CDL holder. It is your job to see the sign. Protect your CDL at any and all costs. It could make you hundreds of thoudands of dollars someday.

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.
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