Being A Felon & Getting A Truck Driving Job

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Jeff V.'s Comment
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Amen!

I would like to add my two cents to this topic.

I was released from prison in 2016 and I'm still on parole. I got a grant to go to truck school about 14 months later. I got my CDL in January 2018 and five days after passing the driving exam, I got a full-time job ($20 an hour, $30 an hour overtime, 35-45 hrs a week, 6a-3p, M-F).

I was living in a van after leaving prison. Once I got this job, I was able to rent an apartment. I paid cash for a nice, solid car and my checking account grows every payday.

I just saw three signs advertising for Class A drivers in the industrial section where I work. I would imagine there are also trucking jobs in many communities that are not widely advertised.

Be encouraged, my friend.

Abundance,

Jeff V.

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.
Jeff V.'s Comment
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Howdy Again

I just wanted to say that I've moved on from the paving company after a year with them.

I took the advice of the different members of this forum and stayed with my initial company for a year. When I was ready to try to get semi-tractor/trailer experience, I told the owner of the paving company about my goals. He was supportive of my career plans.

After a few rejections, I got a job working for a food service company hauling double reefers ("drop & hook") to their hubs in southern California. I've been working here for a couple of months.

My criminal background came up in the initial interview. The hiring manager said that the nature of my crimes would not prevent me from doing the job, so he hired me.

I'm still on parole, but my PO actually approved my job change even though this job causes me to travel out of the county on a daily basis.

I now have more income AND benefits. It is also giving me the valuable freeway & city driving experience that I will need when I can work OTR or Regionally.

I hope my progress can inspired someone else to either start a trucking career or to keep trying to improve even with obstacles.

Jeff V.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Splitter's Comment
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Howdy Again

I just wanted to say that I've moved on from the paving company after a year with them.

I took the advice of the different members of this forum and stayed with my initial company for a year. When I was ready to try to get semi-tractor/trailer experience, I told the owner of the paving company about my goals. He was supportive of my career plans.

After a few rejections, I got a job working for a food service company hauling double reefers ("drop & hook") to their hubs in southern California. I've been working here for a couple of months.

My criminal background came up in the initial interview. The hiring manager said that the nature of my crimes would not prevent me from doing the job, so he hired me.

I'm still on parole, but my PO actually approved my job change even though this job causes me to travel out of the county on a daily basis.

I now have more income AND benefits. It is also giving me the valuable freeway & city driving experience that I will need when I can work OTR or Regionally.

I hope my progress can inspired someone else to either start a trucking career or to keep trying to improve even with obstacles.

Jeff V.

Congratulations Jeff!! Glad to read such a positive post. Keep up the great work & continued success.

Food service can be very lucrative for the motivated drivers out there that don't want to go OTR. I talked to a regional food service driver clocking $1500 per week, steady, with weekends off!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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Outstanding work, Jeff! I love to read posts like your success story.smile.gif

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