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Timothy B.'s Comment
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I'm trying to find a trucking company with paid training. I'm scheduled to attend with CRST but I'd rather not be stuck in a team environment. I do have a couple issues doe. I have a simple possession charge(marijuana) and a carrying a concealed weapon charge both in 2009. Does anyone here know of any companies that would give me a chance.

Old School's Comment
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Timothy, I'm assuming you have researched the Company-Sponsored Training section here on the site. If not follow that link and take a look around. I'm also assuming you have tried other companies and been rejected. If that is the case, you may just have to settle for what you can get for now and approach it with the attitude that says this is only temporary and I'm gonna do my best to make a positive experience out of it no matter what gets thrown at me. Look, the effect of those charges against you will diminish over time as you move forward and establish a work history in the industry. If you can man up and do the CRST thing for a year I guarantee you there will be a lot more opportunity out there for you.

Just as an aside, we have a member here who started out with CRST, then after completing his contract he moved on to somewhere else, but after just a short while he realized he liked CRST better and now he is back where he started.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jopa's Comment
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Does anyone here know of any companies that would give me a chance.


Best way to find out is to ask the companies. By that I mean go ahead and apply to some by way of their online app system and then follow up with their recruiter with a phone call. That way the recruiter can go over your app with you on the phone and you can explain any details they want to know. It's not like you'll be "letting the cat out of the bag" as they all have the resources to find out with out you telling them. In fact, if you were to try and keep it from them it would be a lot worse for you as they will not work with you if you try to conceal stuff - not that you would but it might look like that if you are afraid to bring up the subject, if that makes sense. Only the recruiter for the various companies can really answer your questions on that subject. Also, if you are rejected, I have seen people on this forum who found smaller mom & pops who were more lenient (or their insurance company was) and extended chances that the big guys wouldn't. Just gotta ask and be persistent. Good luck.



Jopa's Comment
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Old School, how do you know when I'm about to hit the "enter" button and always beat me to the punch? It's really kind of erie . . .



guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Old School, how do you know when I'm about to hit the "enter" button and always beat me to the punch? It's really kind of erie . . .



And you thought the Track tracking app was just for seeing where people are in the country. Bawawahaha

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