Leaving the company before your contract ends?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by VAR678, Aug 22, 2021.

  1. VAR678

    VAR678 Bobtail Member

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    I got my CDL through a trucking school and I’ve been working with them for about 4 months now. Okay pay didn’t expect too much my first year but now a great opportunity with someone I know has come up. If I leave before the 12 months end does the school have the ability to take my CDL from me?
     
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  3. Corn-Fed

    Corn-Fed Light Load Member

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    No they can't take you cdl however whom ever had been paying your bill for the past 4 months will have to be paid back and you have to pay off the remainder of your bill.
     
  4. WCA64T SFA

    WCA64T SFA Bobtail Member

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    Find out what you will end up owing, and see if your friend with this great driving opportunity will pay it for you as a "sign-on bonus."

    That way, no bridges are burned, no debts owed, and nothing goes on your credit report.
     
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  5. fairshake

    fairshake Heavy Load Member

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    Not recommended, maybe this new opportunity sounds good now but doing your first company like that is not a good sign.
     
  6. VAR678

    VAR678 Bobtail Member

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    Not a good sign? Doing them like what? Yeah they helped me get started but I don’t owe them my life. Company won’t go under without me.
     
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  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    no, they won't go under, and no, you don't owe them your life, but did you sign either a contract or promissory note to pay them back?

    training is not for free. you're working there is paying them back.

    there can be companies that can muck up your credit report. that can make things difficult for you to either lease, buy a truck, or even get other jobs, as many companies' nowadays, do credit checks on new applicants.

    find out the balance of your "loan" or promissory note, and make arrangements to pay them back.
     
  8. VAR678

    VAR678 Bobtail Member

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    Understood, Thank you. I’m sure I did sign a contract so I’d have to get that settled
     
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  9. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

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    They’ll just send you a bill. Pay it back or not. If you don’t pay likely it’ll go to collections. It’s a bill at the end of the day separate from your CDL.
     
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  10. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    if it goes to collections, that'll ding his credit report.

    he's not gonna want that. it'll stay on his credit report for (i believe) 7 years.
     
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  11. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Light Load Member

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    Arrangements vary. Some companies have a non-compete clause in their training contracts. If you work for another company before you pay off your training the company that sponsored your training can sue any company that hires you as a CDL driver. CRST (and others) have been winning these suits.

    Some companies will also hold your 160 hr. training certificate. While you did complete the training and the certificate exists the company that sponsored your training may hold it until you pay off your training. To a prospective employer it's as if you don't have a 160 hr. training certificate making it difficult/more expensive/impossible for them to insure you.
     
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