Trucking companies are once again hiring (its about time). You can hear them advertising more om XM/Sirius Radio. You see more ads in trucking magazines and you hear and see more on TV/radio. Trucking companies across the country are reporting that their classes are booked up.
By why is it if trucking companies are hiring they are not hiring you. There are many reason for this here are a few. Trucking companies are only hiring "qualified drivers". What exactly does this mean. It means there are still a lot of layed off drivers out there who are coming back to work. But most companies are still being picky about who they hire. They can still take the pick of the litter. If you have a bad Dac report, too many tickets or a felony conviction in your past they will most likely pass over you an pick someone who does not have the problems listed above. They may even chose a new driver out of school over you.
But this can only last so long until all the "Qualified Driver" are hired. They will go back to relaxing the qualifications for who they hire. Its only a matter of time until there is once again a drivers shortage.
Here are a few things you can do now to help you in the future to find a trucking job. The first thing you need to do is request a free copy of your DAC Report by Clicking Here to see what your previous employers have place their. If negative information was placed on your DAC here is the time limit of when they will drop off.
Three Years – Drug and alcohol information
Seven Years – Categories of information that could contain derogatory information ie. accidents, firings,tickets.
Ten years – The entire employment history record.
Felony convictions. There are only 2 major criminal issues that will prevent, by law, you from becoming a truck driver:
1)Distribution of, possession with intent to distribute, or importation of a controlled substance. (illegal drug)
2)The use of criminal force such as with a gun or knife.
If you have any other convictions you may still be able to get a job. Different companies vary on this so you will need to check with each company to confirm they still hire felons.
Here are a few companies that may hire felon keep in mind that this list is subject to change at any time. You must check with each company to get there current most up to date information regarding hiring felony drivers.
ADAMS TRUCKING time varies
Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. after 5 years
BARR-NUNN TRANSPORTATION time varies
BTC after 5 years
BST (Building Systems Transportation)
Celadon Trucking Services after 10 years
Core Carrier after 8 years
Covenant Transport after 10 years
Crete Carrier after 10 years
CRST Van Expedited after 10 years
Davis Transport after 5 years
deBoer Transportation Inc. after 10 years
DutchMaid Logistics Inc Over 10 Years Old
E.W. Wylie Will hire w/felony but need 1 yr exp.
FFE Transport Will hire students w/felony as long as it's 10 yrs old.
First Express Will hire w/felony as long as it's 10 yrs. old.
Florilli Transportation, LLC after 7 Years
Groendyke Transport 7 Years
Hirschbach Motor Lines Felony convictions, DUIs, and DWIs reviewed on a case-by-case bases
Hunt Transportation 10 Years
Interstate Distributor Co. 3 Years
J & R Schugel Trucking Varies
J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Varies
JBS Carriers 10 years, beyond are reviewable
K&B Transportation Varies
Key Group Over 10 Years Old
Knight Transportation Over 10 Years
Kreilkamp Trucking 10 Years
LCT Transportation, LLC. Over 10 Years Old
Magnum Express Call for Information Varies
Maverick Transportation LLC Varies
McGriff Transportation 10 Years
MCH Transportation 10 Years
McKELVEY Trucking Company
b>McLane Foodservice 8 Years
Melton Truck Lines 7 Years
Miller Transporters, Inc. Over 10 Years Old
Millis Transfer Less Than 1 year
National Carriers Over 10 Years Old
Oakley Transport 7 years ago
OXI 10 Years
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Paschall Truck Lines
Perkins Specialized Transportation Over 10 Years
Prime Inc 7 Years
Riverside Transport, Inc Over 10 Years Old
Roehl 7 Years
RSC Equipment Rental Varies
Schneider National Varies
Shaffer Trucking Over 10 Years Old
Sharkey Transportation, Inc. 5 Years
Simplex Leasing 5 Years Ago
Smith Transport, Inc. Over 10 Years Old
Southern Refrigerated Transport Inc. 5 Years
NO SEXUAL or ARMED offenses EVER
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Star Transportation-Will hire w/felony w/6 mo. exp. Felony must be at least 10 yrs old.
Tradewinds Company Varies
TRANSCORR (American) Varies
Transport America 7 Years
UPS but only for certain felonies
U.S. Trucking-Will hire w/felony w/1 yr exp.
USA Truck 5 Years
Voyager Express, Inc 10 Years
WEL Companies 8 Years
Western Express 5 Years
YRC Glen Moore 10 Years
A simple google check of any of these company should get you to there home page where you can find a phone number or apply on line. If you really want to find a trucking job I would apply to all these companies.