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Quinn D.'s Comment
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Hi guys, im new to the site and will hopefully be new to the business soon. I have been thinking about getting my cdla for a long time now, and have finnaly decided to do it. Im 25 years old and had been on prozac for about 6 years untill recently. I have been off of the medication for about 5 weeks now, and only need a few more week before its out of my system. Having said that.. will the fact that i was on prozac in the past be a red flag for companies and or insurance companies? also, my buddy just lost his truck driving job for tickets up to 7 years old because the insurance company wouldnt cover him. Are all insurance companies and trucking companies this strict? I have only had 3 or 4 tickets since i turned 16, one 5 or more years ago for turning on a red. And the others are 5 overs. Only one of witch have been in the past three years. Should i be worried about any of this? Thanks for any input!

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.
Nathan S.'s Comment
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My suggestion would be to contact the 'medical assistant' (or similar title) at the company you wish to apply to, they should be able to tell you what, if any, documentation is required. I called the assistant at my first choice company before I even received an answer from my recruiter to find out what I would need to do as I am on an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication. (All she asked for was a letter from my doctor stating the medications would not interfere with my ability to drive.)

As far as tickets, if you look at the profiles on this site for Company-Sponsored Training you will find most of them have their hiring requirements listed. For example, Prime, Inc., one of the companies I considered has the following requirements:

No reckless convictions in the last three years.
No failed or refused drug or alcohol test in the last four years (this includes DWI's, DUI's and BAC's).
No license suspension for points in the last three years.
No more than two moving violations during the last year.
No more than four moving violations in the last three years.


If in doubt, call and speak to a recruiter and give them all the details.

Since you stated you don't have your CDL yet that is a good page to look at, it really answered a lot of my questions and helped me find a great school that I will be starting shortly. Hope all of that helped in some way.

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.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jopa's Comment
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Quinn,

Best thing to do is go to some of the big company-training sites and fill out the online apps. Be complete and truthful. You'll need to gather some info as they need three years of employment history, any arrests and all accident & ticket info back (I think) for five years. After you submit the apps, call the recruiting department at each company you apply to and go over the app with a recruiter. He/she will ask for any missing info, will ask for more details about things you submit and can tell you about any problems. They WILL check your employment info to substantiate what you submit to them so be sure to both provide good contact phone numbers & names and then contact your former employers to give them a heads up so they respond in a timely manner. If you qualify be prepared to get a start date and to hit the road. This whole process can be very quick and somewhat overwhelming. Spend the time to get and provide accurate info and be 100% honest about everything. Worst can happen is you get a "no" if you're honest - worst can happen is you get a big "no way no how" forever if you lie and get caught. Good luck,

Jopa

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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.

Jopa's Comment
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Actually, any arrest stuff has to be forever as they want to know if you have EVER been a bad guy . . . doesn't mean they won't say yes but if you leave stuff out and they find it, you will look dishonest to them and they will avoid you like the plague . . .

Jopa

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Quinn D.'s Comment
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Verry helpful! Thank you guys for the very informative responses! I will get right on contacting a recruiter and medical person.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Also you have to understand what a "moving" traffic violation is versus other misdemeanor traffic crimes. For example, in my youth I had: fictitious plates, unregistered vehicle, and no insurance. I got a "long form" which is non-custodial arrest so you have to show up in court. Many people assume the long form is actually a "ticket" but its different. The company I applied for only asked for moving violations in my history. I lucked out.

Moving Violations: Speeding, Disregarding traffic signals, failure to control vehicle, etc are some moving violations.

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