What Do Prospective Trucking Employers Check? How?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by downplay, Apr 7, 2024.

  1. downplay

    downplay Light Load Member

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    What all records, insurance, or government data do trucking companies check? How do they check them? Do trucking companies call each other about prospective employees like at other businesses?
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    The insurance comp for the trucking company will look at your Motor Vehicle Revord (MVR), PSP, and an insurance industry database of paid claims. Trucking company is required to drug test, road test, and you are required to complete 3-10 year work history. Trucking company must make reasonable efforts to confirm those things before putting you on payroll. Answer the questions asked on application honestly. Every company will fire you for false answers, even if an honest answer would probably be no big deal. Any speeding tickets over 15 mph (regardless of what your state calls that act) will be considered reckless driving in trucking. Tickets for cellphone use while driving might as well be a DUI. DUI is almost the end of any trucking career if it's less than 3-5 years in past.

    What are you worried about them finding out? Maybe there's no need to worry or maybe it's too bad for trucking. Lots of companies are not hiring. "Driver shortage " is a media myth.
     
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  4. Wargames

    Wargames Captain Crusty

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    sounds like something scwewwwy going on. Good Luck
     
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  5. FloridaRetired

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    A lot depends on how many tickets you have on your MVR. If you lie about it on the application it may bite you on the butt when least expected. The same goes for your employment history. In my experience, it is best to sit down with your new boss to be and have a straight talk about your history of employment and tickets, and what you did or did not like at previous jobs. If you are a good guy and your new boss knows life too, it should work out well, even if you had a ticket or two.
     
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  6. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Honesty is best.

    I have 'caught' a lot of applicants spreading pre/post employer work dates in order to 'hide' an employer they did not found. It is easy in a local area to know several other persons in the same position at one of the previous employers. One always calls and checks when you know who to call...

    Worst guy was one involved in the first fatal accident I handled who I never saw in person.

    Guess who walks in with a few buddies during a 'slow' time [like now!] filling out applications at my next position and he failed to even list the company where he was involved in the fatal. The only time I can say an application hit the trash before the door closed behind him...

    I've seen a number of cases where drivers with a non-chargeable and non-preventable fatal was retained and/or had no difficulty finding work.
     
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  7. downplay

    downplay Light Load Member

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    I thought I was jaded. Take it easy! I’m just new to trucking, haven’t changed jobs yet, and I’m just trying to understand the process for getting hired like I would with any industry. Trucking clearly has some elements other industries do not.

    The screwiest thing about me searching for a job is I have a couple of small insurance claims from parking lot incidents when I started. I’m guessing I will need to wait until the 2 or 3 year mark past my incidents for insurance purposes.
     
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    Wargames Captain Crusty

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    how many tickets, accidents, incidents have you had? You say your new to trucking, how can you get in so much trouble, if you just starting out, NOT GOOD.
     
  9. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

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    That's true for all aspects of this business, not just the hiring part.
     
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