Driver in highway collapse had criminal record

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Aussie, May 1, 2007.

  1. Aussie

    Aussie <strong>Thunder From DownUnder</strong>

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    Man who crashed tanker, brought down Bay Area road a convicted felon

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  3. pro1driver

    pro1driver Heavy Load Member

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    "Mosqueda was able to get his commercial truck driver's license because there is nothing in the state's vehicle code that prevents a convicted felon who has served his sentence from working as a truck driver — so long as he has a clear driving record."

    and yet there are some ex-cons/felons who cannot get a job after having "done their time".............many of which post questions regarding jobs here in these forums.

    its beyond me how he was able to get a tanker driving job. one would think that a full background check would have been done.

    guess not...............
     
  4. Cerberus101

    Cerberus101 Heavy Load Member

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    so convicted felons can get a driving job in california. i wonder how many other states are this way....
     
  5. jegrunwell

    jegrunwell Bobtail Member

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    We must pay extra for a background check for our CDLs to drive and operate tankers. It just go to show you our state of lacking to enforce the laws and the Immigration checks. Just wait until Bush's program for allowing our southern boarder to be open to trucks from Mexico....How much regulations will be enforced there? and a danger to our highways.
     
  6. CMoore2004

    CMoore2004 Road Train Member

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    I'm not sure why a felony should prevent you from driving haz-mat. Not all felons are violent. I know of at least one state where you can be labeled a felon for falling behind on your child support. Not sure that "felon" translates to "dangerous person" in any way, nor that it means they're any less capable of driving a big rig. I mean, I know people in their 40's and 50's that used to drag on public roads, drink and drive, and when they got pulled over they were just asked to pour it out. I'm betting there's a few on here that have been there, but now drinking and driving is a felony. Should the drivers that did this when they were 16-18 in a car not be driving a semi? Even though they have 30 years of safe driving?

    Anyway, I feel this guy shouldn't have had a license. I'm not a fan of the narcotics users being behind the wheel of a big rig--even if they did find Jesus while in prison.
     
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