New Driver Being Labeled As A High Risk And Terminated From Company

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Reina R.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

I am looking for some help and advice.

A family member obtained their CDLs and began working with a company in Florida.

He completed his training hours with his team member/trainer and soon after was given his own truck.

Soon after he had two incidents in the same day while driving, he scratched another trailer and broke a mirror off of his truck.

He was labeled a risk and terminated from the company.

He obviously needed more training as a new driver. He was on the road less than two months.

He is now having a difficult time finding anyone who will hire him.

Is there anything that can be done?

I hate to think his dream of driving trucks is over.

He's a decent young man who wants to work and earn his way.

Thank you kindly

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi. First off.. he needs to come talk to us. Only he can make decisions for him, and only he could answer some very pertinent questions we will have.

Florida is a very difficult state to find a job... so he may have a hard time even without this issue.

Two months is actually longer than some companies give. All he can do is apply everywhere. This is a very tough economy and freight market right now.

Good luck

Old School's Comment
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He obviously needed more training as a new driver.

Reina, I understand your concerns. Unfortunately, the trucking industry is mostly misunderstood by those who are not involved in it. People often come to the same conclusion as you did, but your family member was more than likely trained well enough to avoid the problems they've encountered.

Both of the incidents you mentioned sound like slow moving, tight maneuvering incidents. We have an acronym every training program uses. G.O.A.L. Get Out And Look. The incidents you mention are typically caused by getting in too big a hurry and not taking the time or precautions to be fully aware of the surrounding obstacles.

It's not easy getting started in this career. Two incidents in one day will definitely get someone's attention. It's going to make it tough for your family member going forward. It will make it even harder if they say to prospective employers that they weren't trained well enough.

Your family member has to recognize the reason for the failure and develop a plan of how they will avoid this in the future. They must be able to articulate this when speaking with a recruiter. Telling them their training was insufficient will keep slamming the doors of future opportunity shut.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reina R.'s Comment
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Thank you both for responding. I am grateful.

While searching for answers I came across this forum. He didn't know it existed.

He is not saying he wasn't trained well enough, I was thinking that.

Old School, you have given me a clearer understanding of the issue.

It will help in going forward. Thank you so much.

Peace and blessings always

Nion M.'s Comment
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I need some advice and help regarding a family member who recently started a career in trucking.

He got his CDL and began working with a company in Florida. After completing his training hours, he was given his own truck. Unfortunately, he had two incidents on the same day – he scratched another trailer and broke a mirror off his truck. As a result, he was labeled a high risk and terminated from the company.

He's now struggling to find a new job, even though he's a decent young man eager to work and earn his way. Is there anything he can do to get back on track and find employment in the trucking industry?

Thank you for any guidance!

Thank you both for responding. I am grateful.

While searching for answers I came across this forum. He didn't know it existed.

He is not saying he wasn't trained well enough, I was thinking that.

Old School, you have given me a clearer understanding of the issue.

It will help in going forward. Thank you so much.

Peace and blessings always

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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