Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by gnavillus, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. gnavillus

    gnavillus Bobtail Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Got a sincere question. Been driving for 12 years now. I had a terrible couple of months and got 2 tickets, speeding. I need to get back on the road. Am I going to get passed over by the good companies? Is there anything I could do ahead of time to help my situation. My record was clean before the two tickets. Any advice would be appreciated.
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    You did not state how bad the tickets were.

    If you got one at 15 and over it's really bad. You are not going to be hireable for about 3 years by the "Good companies" Now you have two? forget it.

    As bad as 15 and over is (Its really bad) you do not want 25 and over. Or anything that generates racing tickets, aggressive or otherwise reckless or even arrest-able tickets. You pretty much will not have a trucking job for a while. Unless you joined the Russian Mafia in Chicago and rolled outlaw for a while. Which is something you do not want to do. That CDL is worth something after all your blood, money, sweat and tears.

    In my day I had enough tickets for speeding as to constantly carry 7 points for a couple of years. Took 3 to kill those points to zero. Trucking in those days were not too bad, but it was clear that in my later years you cannot risk speeding tickets. There is a whole percentage of truckers who hold valid CDL and have experience and so on around the USA but they are excluded from the trucking industry all together because of a single bad ticket.

    I had joined a tiny dump truck outfit we were two trucks and three people at times. The owner could not be bothered to give a *&^% what my record was in trucking. He needs someone there at sunrise fueling and making ready to work hard all the day until it's not possible to see after sunset (thats your quitting time) Piss on the bad records.

    Is that illegal? I don't know but it should be considered that the trucking companies are being told by a third party (Insurance) not to hire you. Who or what gives them the right?
  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    2 tickets. When? Where? What for? The devil is in the details.
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    That's right.
    Were you fired?
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  6. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Medium Load Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    Had 2 speeders. I was going downhill in Iowa, get online to some of the Oil patch recruiting companies Ideed is one or go Chicago and run for the Container or Reefer companies
  7. z32sean

    z32sean Light Load Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    Middle Tennessee
    I had a citation for following too close. No ticket. That was the only thing on my MVR and it kept me from my dream job. The best companies can afford to be picky.
  8. CK73

    CK73 Medium Load Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Here is your solution friend. They will usually even pay to defend tickets after the fact, if you sign up. I think it is around $35 a month, no deductibles. Swift/Knight uses them, but anybody can. The fee pays for in your own vehicle too, and a spouse I think. They saved my career.

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  9. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    I just saw those guys today traveling north out of Houston on I45. Beautiful motor coach pulling an equally nice Sprinter .
  10. Pete jockey

    Pete jockey Medium Load Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    North of Pittsburgh Pa
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