Help needed getting a job

by Lee
(charlotte NC)

I am currently enrolled in Charlotte Truck Driver Training School. I am going to graduate at the end of the month. I am having a hard time finding a job, due to the fact that I have a 20mph over from a year ago, and back in 2007 my license was suspended due to the fact I could not pay a ticket. I have never had them taken from me, but it does not look good on a resume. I have had so many let downs, and to make things worse I see all the people in my class that have felonies in there past getting jobs, and I have a ticket from a year ago stopping me from doing just that. I am a hard worker, and put what was left from my life savings into getting the training to get a new trade going. I feel like I am letting my family down, and bills are piling up and unemployment is just not doing it. I am so tired of getting let down, due to my past. The ticket was old and I only paid 125.00, for a fine. If you guys know any companies that would hire me I would greatly appreciate it. I swear to you on my life I will not let them down. I have no felonies,and no prior arrests,I am a good honest person, with a few speeding tickets in the last five, and only one in the last three years. If you can help let me know.

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Sep 24, 2010
All too common
by: Brian

Your situation is becoming all to common. I understand the plight, you must also understand that this industry is changing, and most schools don't say how bad it really is, for fear they will loose the revenue.Anymore today the new system is relying on what is called CSA 2010 driver BASIC/
Safe-Stat. This is a measurement of all accumulated interactions with DOT and inspections. Its not as much as your driver history is concerned but your score. Take that into account and this now becomes the "hire" "no hire" base, because as i said before, ultimately it is the insurance company that yes or no. I hate to say this but only time will fix it.

Jun 06, 2010
Serious Traffic Violation
by: Billy

I hate to be the one to inform you but 20 mph over the speed limit is considered a serious traffic violation. This is not good in the CDL community. No trucking company is going to touch you right now because of it. There is too much liability involved for them.

The following was taken from a states DMV site.

If you are convicted of certain traffic violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), you are subject to stiffer penalties which may result in the suspension or revocation of your CDL. Your operator/chauffeur license may also be affected, depending on the severity of the violation.

Any traffic violation in a non-commercial motor vehicle resulting in a suspension or revocation of your operator/chauffeur license will also result in a suspension or revocation of your CDL.

The following information outlines the various penalties for convictions of alcohol-related offenses and other serious traffic violations committed while operating a CMV.

Category I violations include:

1. A traffic violation connected with a fatal accident
2. Speeding 15 mph or more over the posted limit
3. Following too closely
4. Careless driving
Changing/using lanes erratically/improperly

Although you did not have a CDL at the time the trucking companies still see this as a serious offense and will not hire you because of the upcoming CSA 2010.

The only option you will probable have is wait until it drops off your CDL. Of course you can still apply to trucking companies and maybe one will hire you.

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