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Hiram H.'s Comment
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I am about to start my CDL school in a Technical College. I am 57 year old with 29 years of verifiable employment. From 2012 to 2014 I was involved in a small business with my wife. She was the one holding the business license and we worked together for that period of time and we filed joint tax returns. For tax purposes, she had the business and I was unemployed/retired? My CPA knew we had this type of arrangement and at the moment I did not care. We were working hard and making a living and I did not care everything was under my wife name. Little did I know this was going to affect me negatively in trying to get a job in the trucking industry. We closed the small business back in December 2014 and moved to another state, to be closer to family. She found a job; but I have not. And, like a lot of other people have done, I decided to get into truck driving which is something I have been thinking about doing someday.

My question here is, "What in essence does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intended with this requirement?" This matter is bothering me because I am afraid I am not going to be able to get an OTR job.

I will appreciate any input in the subject. I am keeping my expectations low and an open mind. OTR or no OTR I am going to give it my best shot at getting my CDL license.

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jrod's Comment
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Outside of a few very picky places, this shouldn't matter at all once you explain the situation. Take a deep breath and keep going!

Old School's Comment
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Hiram, this shouldn't be a major obstacle for you.

First off the major reason for this past employment check required by the FMCSA is to make sure where you've been for the past few years. This was instituted immediately following the 9/11 attack on our country. The Feds wanted to keep terrorists from using tanker trucks in a similar fashion as they did with the planes.

Secondly a simple letter from a couple of your friends or customers and one from your accountant stating the facts just like you told us will in most cases suffice. Take the letters to a public notary and have them notarized. The letters must be from people who are not related to you.

I've helped several people get past this same situation, and this has always worked.

Use your past employment records with those letters for proof of the last few years and you should be in good standing.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Hiram H.'s Comment
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Outside of a few very picky places, this shouldn't matter at all once you explain the situation. Take a deep breath and keep going!

Jrod, thanks for the words of encouragement. I really appreciate it.

Hiram H.'s Comment
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Hiram, this shouldn't be a major obstacle for you.

First off the major reason for this past employment check required by the FMCSA is to make sure where you've been for the past few years. This was instituted immediately following the 9/11 attack on our country. The Feds wanted to keep terrorists from using tanker trucks in a similar fashion as they did with the planes.

Secondly a simple letter from a couple of your friends or customers and one from your accountant stating the facts just like you told us will in most cases suffice. Take the letters to a public notary and have them notarized. The letters must be from people who are not related to you.

I've helped several people get past this same situation, and this has always worked.

Use your past employment records with those letters for proof of the last few years and you should be in good standing.

Old School, Thank you for your answer! Should it be a general letter or do you think it should be addressed to each specific company I will be applying for?

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Just a general letter that you can use wherever you need to.

Hiram H.'s Comment
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Just a general letter that you can use wherever you need to.

Old School, Thank you very much!

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