How can I get a job w/ 2/2009 DUI?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by zasuandmorga, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Christensen

    Christensen Light Load Member

    May 24, 2011
    West Palm Beach, Fl.
    maybe O/O and your own authority, the cost will be heavy for insurance like stated already, but with 20 years, you have got to have some O/O buddies to talk with...Maybe get on with a guy running a small fleet...just a thought...:biggrin_25524:
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  3. mr.nobody

    mr.nobody Bobtail Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    near's here or there
    check into some OO who might be willing pay extra insurance to hire you( for below wages probably!) i knew of a driver who gotten a DWI in a truck in MI !! he was stopped at a red light and a drunk hit the tractor from behind. he was charged DWI and likely the blame for accident,for being there -drunk in truck -not supposing to been there to begin with!! he continued driving for owner of truck before and after court!!!! true story!!
  4. RAGE 18

    RAGE 18 Road Train Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    You got your license back now right? Head to South Africa like witchinghour no problem there.
  5. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    It's not impossible as long as you meet the FMCSA requirements on completion of a rehab program and are insurable. Even 4wheelers have to get that SR22 insurance which is high as heck.
  6. Injun

    Injun Road Train Member

    May 15, 2010
    West o' the Big Crick
    Even the companies most people here call "bottom feeders" won't look at you until a lot more time is between you and that DUII. As said before, I would have expected 20 years at this would have been enough to learn from others' mistakes. Apparently, some folks just have to find out for themselves. But, I'm not going to beat you about the head and shoulders for it. I'm sure you've already gotten plenty of that.

    I don't know how many logging or chipper companies there are around there, but you might try them. Also, it would take you away from home, but there are oil fields in PA desperate for CDL holders, they pay excellent money. Since they are so desperate for drivers, they might cut you a break on that DUII as long as your license is valid again and your court issues are completely settled and done. That means all fines paid and no probation or "time" hanging over your head. Good luck to you. You'll need it.
  7. quickway

    quickway Light Load Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    louisville ky
    Goodness guy.....the poster said very plainly that he learned from his mistake. He didn't ask for a sermon.....just some job advice.
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  8. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    Even if you get your own authority, you will run into the same problem with insurance coverage. Insurance companies usually check the last 3 years of your MVR. You may find an insurance company that will cover you but expect a hefty premium until the DUI drops off your record. That is providing you can find a company that will cover you.

    Most carriers won't hire a driver who has a DUI for at least 5 years. Some will not hire you until at least 10 years have passed. Others don't hire anyone who has ever had a DUI. You will need to get on the phone and start making calls to carriers. You might find a smaller carrier who will hire you, but most insurance companies will not cover anyone who has a DUI on their MVR.
    BigJohn54 Thanks this.
  9. WitchingHour

    WitchingHour Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Broomfield, CO
    There's a little more to it than that. It wouldn't matter whether he had his license back or not, because he'd have to get his EC license in SA, anyhow. You can only operate a vehicle considered reasonable for personal transport on an overseas license there. He'd have to be able to get a work visa. Then he'd have to find someone willing to hire him. The question of, "well, what brings you to South Africa" is going to come up. And yes, they're going to want employment history and references, as well.
    And, in the end, it may not even be worth it, even if he does get hired - he's not going to want to stay there forever, and when he gets back to the US, what's he going to be told? That his time over there doesn't count. He might find some smaller carriers who would be willing to count it, but if anyone with any authority in that company knows someone who was injured or killed by a drunk driver.. well, the outcome isn't good.

    A license suspension is one thing. A DUI is a much more serious matter, especially for someone with over 20 years experience. If it had happened when he was still fairly green, and a below the age where you're expected to have sown all your wild oats, it would probably actually have been better for him. But there's going to be a lot of, "wait... 20 years, and you STILL....".
  10. Mdbluecrab

    Mdbluecrab <b>Crusty Crab</b>

    Feb 4, 2010
    White Plains, Maryland
    You probably have Zero chance of getting a job driving for any major carrier (both big and small). You might want to try Craigs List or something of that nature and find an OO or a small fleet that might hire you but with the way Insurance companies dictate hiring policies for any and all trucking companies, i'd say your chances are slim to none.
    Good luck and drive sober.
  11. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    March 1st,

    start applying to companies.

    3 years will qualify at some outfits.
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