need a job but I have a bad driving record

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by kussell, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. kussell

    kussell Bobtail Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    Ok here is the deal. I recently graduated from us truck driving school and after I graduated I have run into one company after another truning me down because of my driving record. Totally stupid on my part for having a bad driving record but here is what my driving record looks like 3 tickets in 3 yrs and 2 suspen in 3 years. totally stupid on my part because the only reason for the suspen were due to me not paying the tickets. so my question is am i just screwed untill i dont have the suspen on my record for the last 3 years of does anyone know of ANY company that would hire me with a bad driving record
  2. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    I'm sorry, but your bad driving habits are only half of the problem. You're inability to recognize that these may be a problem before shelling out dollars for training for a field where a good driving record is generally considered a prerequisite is also a problem. But the bigger problem I see is that some greedy salesman for some unfit CDL training school took you on either with this knowledge or without having bothered to ask for this information and counseling you that you'd have this problem.

    3 years clean MVR is helpful, but the suspensions may require more time.
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  3. WitchingHour

    WitchingHour Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Broomfield, CO
    I suppose you could try Southwest Farms on US50 about 10 miles east of I25. As quickly as he goes through drivers, he might be desperate enough, and you sound like your situation is desperate enough to actually work for him. Although I wouldn't get your hopes up... even he has an insurance provider who gives the "yay" or "nay", and, as you've already found out the hard way, you're a bit prone to receiving "nays". Maybe Lee Hing Food Company in Co. Springs, but it wouldn't be worth the commute, and you'd end up driving a 26k GVW box truck, anyhow.
    Here's the problem... CSA2010 brings the hammer down on carriers, as well. When you turn in that application, all they know about you is your past driving record. Three tickets in as many years is not a good sign, not to mention that more than three points within a three year time period will cause most insurance providers to give you the big, "HELL NO" stamp. That is, if anyone's willing to take a chance on you - with a record like that, I'd be surprised if anyone hired you to drive a pickup.
    Have you considered the military? The Air Force and Navy both have occupations which actually require a CDL (whereas tactical vehicles more commonly used in the Army and Marines are exempt from CDL requirements). It might give you an opportunity to get some time behind the wheel, and a few years of stable employment while you let you put a little distance between yourself and your driving history.
    You may also want to consider looking at the gold mine in Cripple Creek. They probably wouldn't hire you as a driver, but if you got trained and certified as an equipment operator, you can make a pretty penny there.
  4. revelation1911

    revelation1911 Heavy Load Member

    Dec 25, 2011
    Moody Alabama
    Get your own authority theres some company out there you can get insurance from.
    Thats the quickest way around being told no we can't hire you.
  5. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Do you think it's wise for someone that was short sighted enough to pursue a career driving with such a bad driving record to get their own authority? I'm sure that sounds judgmental and it probably is but it seems like just one more poor decision if you go this route.
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  6. sedain

    sedain Medium Load Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    get a job doing something else and time will pass, you can apply again in 3 or so years. suspensions are pretty serious,regardless of the "excuse". 3 tickets in 3 yrs would make it so most carriers wouldnt hire you, without even having ANY suspensions...
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  7. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

    Jan 31, 2012
    Green Bay Wi
    the true problem is the greedy cdl training company that took money from the unemployable
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  8. sedain

    sedain Medium Load Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    lets be honest, its a loan and he isnt going to be paying it because hes not going to have any money... and its HIS fault, do college's check your criminal record before enrollment? nope...his credit score was high enough apparently, wont be soon enough.
  9. Ruckie

    Ruckie Road Train Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    Bloom field,nj
    try carolina cargo if you have 2 legs, 2 arms and willing to work for peanuts its a perfect fit for you
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