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  1. #111
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    I got my cdl b when i was 19 thought it was easy to drive a truck well needles to say i have 2 accidents back to back in march 08 i rear ended car minimul dmage and april 08 i took out a utility pole... Since than ive driven dump truck and than got my cdl a i got about 2 months of safe driving with a 48ft spread axle... Ive applied to most flatbed companies and i keep getting turned down .. Think anyone could give anymore companies to me so i can apply ? Thanks

  2. #112
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    You must not be OTR if you've never had one knock on your door! If you're from AR just go to the Petro in LR, and walk around the back, it usually gets pretty crowded there at night. I had to park in the back once, had one jump from the truck on my left to the truck on my right and vice versa. Hell, I had to park outside the TA in Dallas, the lot was full there and at the J, I had 2 knock on my door! I didn't have my lights on or anything else, lizard called me an arse for yelling at her after she woke me up! LOL! It would be nice if we got rid of this problem, half of these women are little girls (which makes all the truck drivers accepting services, pedophiles!!)!

  3. #113
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    Is 51 too old to start a trucking career?

    My husband has always wanted to truck and needs a change from his current career. He thinks that he is too old to start anything new. He is currently in a career that he walks alot so he is in pretty good shape for 51. Any advice is appreciated!

  4. #114
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    Well I'm fresh outta school and have my license with every endorsement possible now I'm just waiting to get on with a company I need to go to work got bills and mortgage to pay u know this one company can't take me right now cause they don't have any female trainers available .........................help

  5. #115
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suicide-Jocky View Post
    I bet it is tough for new drivers to find jobs right now. With freight down about 40% of normal..making the availability of more experienced drivers in the job pool.
    There well be a shift back to new drivers I believe, one the freight will get better with time, but more so because starting next year in 2010 the safety ratings for carriers will be based on the driving records of the drivers. Meaning it will put more pressure on drivers to maintain a good driving record to be hire able. Carriers will more likely take the easy route and seek eager newer drivers with clean records, verses experienced drivers with bad records. Especially the Carries that are on the fence with iffy safety records to start with.
    This will effect all the drivers those that have experience and a clean MVR well have a pick of jobs, and those that have not so clean records well be pushed out.
    I guess it was expected that sooner or later the companies would put the burden of safety ratings on the drivers, so the next time your dispatcher tells you to run your log book into the dirt....tell him where to stick it. Running legal will be in your best interest. Wow I am surprised I actually wrote that... I have been an "outlaw" for so long. running 2 log books was a normal thing for me years ago...I guess I have been brought over to the dark side..hehe. But seriously the new rules for drivers well more likely shake up the way carriers hire drivers. If we are really lucky maybe some of these sorry companies with terrible safety ratings will go by by too!

    A couple of paragraphs from the CSA 2010 website:

    In the past it was a pass/fail audit that very few failed. If an auditor found critical safety problems it triggered a formal Safety Compliance Review. A carrier could still pass, for example, even if it did not have a drug and alcohol testing program or had not implemented random testing.
    Under the new rules a carrier automatically fails if an auditor finds a single occurrence of these violations. FMCSA looked back at audits conducted in a recent five year period and estimated that 47.9% would have been failures under the new rules. Since about 40,000 audits are done each year, that means more than 19,000 Motor Carriers could now fail annually.

    Under CSA 2010, all carriers--and eventually all drivers--with sufficient safety data available will receive a safety rating that is periodically updated. Currently, FMCSA is able to provide safety ratings for relatively few carriers and for no drivers. As described earlier, CSA 2010 will employ a progressive array of interventions that can be tailored to match the severity of the safety problems they are intended to correct.
    CSA 2010 intends to use new data--such as information from police accident reports about driver-related factors contributing to a crash--and improve existing data sources--by, for example, using its database of licensed commercial drivers to identify all drivers with convictions for unsafe driving practices, as well as the carriers they work for--to enable a more precise assessment of safety problems.


    So basically it is going to come down to our driving records, that will make up a good portien of a Carriers safty rating.....get ready to bend over Driv-ahh!


    Won't this also make it harder for a company to put BS reports on someones DAC? Could also make it harder for bogus accident claims be placed on lease purchase drivers?

  6. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by majraz View Post
    My husband has always wanted to truck and needs a change from his current career. He thinks that he is too old to start anything new. He is currently in a career that he walks alot so he is in pretty good shape for 51. Any advice is appreciated!


    51...heck he still has 20 years or more left on the odometer! Back in 1997 when I went through driving school there were a few in their 50's. All did great and seemed to enjoy it.

  7. #117
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    i wish you the best but, 2 accidents less than 2 years is gonna be kinda hard at this point. you must not give up hope-- there is a place that will give you a chance. they might have to underwrite there own insurance. try western express.

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    depends on what company. i was at prime and they had a couple female trainers looking for students. if you can get hired by them-- i know a female trainer and i will put you in touch with her.

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  10. #119
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    Hi, Prime said they would take me but they have no female trainers available at this time would you be so kind to get in touch with ur friend I need to start working and u know when u don't use ur skills u start to lose them especially after getting fresh outta school it would be greatly appreciated thanks

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    Looking for female trainer from Prime

    Hey this message is for meat 999 I'm looking for a female trainer from prime that's the hold-up with me so if you could get in touch with your friend that would be greatly appreciated. That's the only thing that is holding me up and u know being fresh outta school u need to train asap.

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