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Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by PharmPhail, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. bigo1969

    bigo1969 Light Load Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    Thanks PP, I've been looking at a cretain dealer here. Let you know, how it turns out tomorrow.
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  3. BabiBoi357

    BabiBoi357 Light Load Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    Birmingham, Al.
    Well, I knew things were going to good to be true. I called the TMC recruiter today. Was told that they would not hire me. I have a speeding ticket for 86 in a 70MPH. After going back and forth with them for about a week, sending in everything that they asked for, (DD-214), Haz-mat, letter, 7 years of W-2's, most resent pay stub's, 10 years work history etc.,) Thought I was doing well. Then all stop, we can't hire you with that speeding ticket on your driving record. I can only assume that most of the other companies would have the same responce. Any suggestions would be greatly appreicated.

    Ticket would be a year old next month on the 13th(FYI). No accident or DUI's just this #### ticket.
  4. Scarecrow03

    Scarecrow03 Road Train Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    In Your Head
    A 15mph+ speeding ticket in the trucking world is the kiss of death. You might as well have a DUI in the eyes of trucking companies' insurance companies. Some companies won't let you have more than 2 such tickets in your lifetime, much like a DUI.

    Don't hold me to this, but you might have to wait until that ticket is 3 years old before you can get started out with any reputable company.
  5. 7mouths2feed

    7mouths2feed "Family Man"

    Nov 29, 2007
    Jacksonville, AR
    :biggrin_2555:WOW! 16mph over? I'm surprised they didn't haul you in and give you a year in jail. Thats gonna be a tough one to get passed. Insurance will be outta this world :biggrin_2551: for you even if you went the PP way. GL
  6. TX_Proud

    TX_Proud Light Load Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Just catching up on this thread, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned. For your audit, one thing that most single operators forget is that they need a driver application, previous employer feedback on file as well as a drug screen program in place. Basically all of the things you would do for a hired driver. Keep your driver history in a separate file from your driver drug screening/reports.
    Fratsit Thanks this.
  7. LDH26

    LDH26 Light Load Member

    Sep 7, 2008
    I'm not in this position, but what if you had no previous employer to obtain feedback from? Like say you were in your early 20's and inherited 100K from a relative who passed away and with this money you got you CDL, bought a truck, paid 2 years insurance upfront, got your authority, and started running loads thru a broker? How would you have "previous employer feedback'?
  8. stocktonhauler

    stocktonhauler Medium Load Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Stockton, C
    Is the ticket on your DMV record, or are you reporting a ticket you got in another state? Check your record and see what's there for sure. If it's not there, keep your mouth shut. State to state reporting is still very uneven by DOT's own website report, and so it is still, even in this day and age of computer databases, possible for a ticket to go by unnoticed by the system.

    Also, a year or so ago, you would have been hired, but in today's employment marketplace, it will be very difficult. New driver competition from the mortgage banking, construction, and factory layoffs make things difficult in any case. But, if you were simply issued a ticket on the roadside, and not as was suggested, arrested and hauled off to jail, this is certainly NOT the same as a DUI. It is serious though, so don't do it again.

    If you have the financial resources and driving experience, you may still be able to become an owner-op, but your insurance will be very expensive and hard to find. Late model used trucks are still fairly cheap, and so is diesel fuel compared to a year ago.

    SKTBRD Bobtail Member

    May 22, 2009
    You can also request a hearing at the DMV and ask for options. One of which is to hide the ticket from your driving record. They did this for someone I know. The judge also said that if this friend got another ticket in 1 year it would be cumulative. In other words it would look like he got 2 tickets at the same time!

    The judge can also have you go to traffic school and other options.
  10. M.Enterprises

    M.Enterprises Medium Load Member

    Mar 27, 2009
    Was it in a big truck? 16 mph in a car or motorcycle doesn't seem like such a big deal to me. I would hire someone with a 16 over as long they were not in the big rig. Getting insurance might be rough and expensive, though.

    Wishing I had a second truck right about now, Pharm. I have been talking about it with "the investment class" lol. I told them I needed 2-4 weeks to render a verdict as to whether it is viable or just a pipe dream.
  11. PharmPhail

    PharmPhail Road Train Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    I think it will take more like 6 months to a year to render a verdict. The truck gives you a few weeks/months of good service then there' a big bill. You gotta have all the info in. I still can't tell and I've run the numbers every which way. Freight rates and fuel just won't stay the same long enough to rely on any good conclusions you reach.
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