How Tickets could affect your chances if obtaining a CDL

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  1. HotShot Trucker

    HotShot Trucker Light Load Member

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    Hello All:
    I had an issue on Wednesday Jan 22, I was pulled over and cited for "Delaying Traffic" In the state of New Jersey (NJ) it is considered a NO POINT Moving Violation, so that was a relief, however I am afraid that this will hurt my chances on getting hired by Trucking Companies. (4 years prior I got a No Point moving violation for Obstruction). In NJ it will take at least 5 years for these tickets to be removed from the record as they are not serious moving violations such as DWI, DUI, Reckless driving, speeding, failure to yield etc. I did call a couple of trucking companies such as Roehl Transport and PRIME Inc, and the latter mentioned that they will have to speak with their Safety dept. if I am authorized to train with them. Roehl didn't care because those weren't serious violations, and that I mentioned to them that I don't drink and don't speed so they where alright. My question is that once I graduate from Truck Driving School with a CDL Class A will Trucking Companies hire or will not hire me? Thinking that I am a liability? (I asked NJ MVC and there was dead silence on the other line).
    Your comments/opinions are welcomed.
    Thank You
     
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  3. buddyd157

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    from what i gather, both of those tickets sound to me that you like to block a lane at a slower speed, rather than stay to the right lanes?

    am i correct?

    cuz i cannot see how you got either one of those, had you be in the right lane.

    impeding the traffic flow can be serious out there. if you cannot stay up with traffic, then you need to stay out of the high speed lanes, and stick with the slower FAR right lanes.
     
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  4. HotShot Trucker

    HotShot Trucker Light Load Member

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    Thanks for your reply,
    First ticket Couldn't give the right-of-way to police officer on right lane he was upset, however he was about to go and leave me with a warning, however his superior officer came to the scene and the officer who pulled me over had no other choice and give me a $50 for Obstruction NO POINTS.
    Second Ticket Going 32 in a 45 it was only one lane, however Pot-holes and Some Ice spots because of frozen puddles. Informed him, still got NO POINT Ticket for Delaying Traffic. Both tickets had no other choice but to pay because 1. expensive court fees 2. NO POINTS 3. Off the record in hopefully 5 years.
    BTW the tickets issued on local roads and I wasn't in the Hammer Lane (Left Lane).
     
  5. buddyd157

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    getting back to your original question, regarding if you can still get a CDL, the answer is YES.

    however, those show up on your DMV, as you stated that they are.

    impeding traffic, or failure to move over for emergency vehicles on the shoulder, is still a big deal. if you plan on getting your CDL with a company paid training program, expect to be sold a bill of goods, to get you there.

    then the real test comes after they dig into your DMV records, and they will

    good luck.
     
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    CDL's are easily damaged by tickets. Its even more damning if something happansance strikes twice for the same ticket. Some will make the assumption that you hold up everything.

    Leaving that thought aside, the tickets themselves will maybe possibly be decided by those powers that be within a trucking company you apply to see if you progress or not. Two tickets is bad. Whatever they are. Anything more than that it's really bad.

    Trucking industry likes to exclude truckers when they have not been able to avoid tickets and the economic damages are pretty bad for them. Ive had a stack of tickets in my time and it's crazy thinking about them now. Its not good at all.

    Good luck to you and if pothole season has not improved you might want to consider relocating. We have the whole USA to live in. Your choice.
     
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  7. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

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    32 in 45 on one lane learn to drive please.
     
  8. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    Another ticket you dont want is following to close (tailgating)
     
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  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    And for the record.

    Your driving record is for life. Nothing erases.

    But yeah. Stop driving like Gpa.
     
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  10. HotShot Trucker

    HotShot Trucker Light Load Member

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    Thanks for the reply,
    This ticket was completely out of the blue, if I were to get my CDL, would the 2 tickets from my regular license haunt me forever? As long as I keep my CDL clean by avoiding Obstruction/Delaying Traffic, I should be fine. I don't Tailgate, Speed, or drive recklessly. Oh hell I don't even drink so getting a DUI/DWI is impossible.
     
  11. HotShot Trucker

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    Lol thanks, the potholes and Ice spots are dangerous don't want to damage my vehicle or hit someone.
     
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