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Frequently Asked Questions
While neither federal nor state guidelines prohibit an applicant with a criminal record from holding a commercial driver’s license, truck companies are highly selective as to the type of applicant they are seeking.
Truck companies self-regulate the hiring qualifications when it comes to background criteria. This makes it difficult to counsel someone who has a criminal record or that has a bad driving record. One thing to consider is that when the demand for drivers is low the hiring standards are high, but when the demand for drivers is high the standards drop a bit.
Consider the following if a potential new hire:
Has a Felony or Felonies…
Is currently on probation…
- Some truck companies will not hire due to cargo security issues and the need to cross the Canadian or Mexican border
- Felons are restricted from traveling across the Canadian border
- Some convictions that are rated as a misdemeanor in the U.S. are rated as a Felony in Canada
Has recently (within last 3 years) been in prison…
- Most all truck companies will not hire
- There is an issue about being able to drive out of the state
Has a DUI/DWI or other drug related conviction…
- Most all truck companies will not hire
- Federal law requires all companies go back 10 years on background checks
Several companies in our network offer “Second Chance opportunities“...
- DUI/DWI is less than 3 years old most all truck companies will not hire
- Drug related convictions regardless of when, many truck companies will not hire
- We have the ability to help students who, on the surface, might not qualify based on the criteria above
- We can contact the employer and might be able to get them a job
- This will be handled on a case-by-case basis
Local driving jobs – meaning home every night
Regional and Over the Road
- These jobs tend to go to experienced drivers
Teamster Driver/Union work
- Dedicated runs typically put the driver home nightly but may be offered to senior drivers first
- Regional runs stay roughly within 1,000 mile radius getting the driver home 3 to 4 nights a week
- Over-the-road operations will require the driver to be out for 7-12 days and back home for 2 or 3 days
- This routine, while hard, can be managed if it is viewed as a temporary situation, 8-12 months
How to know if a company is good or not?
- Union driving jobs are available but the hiring standards are high. The management of DLTS have many years of experience working in the union sector of the trucking industries and will have knowledge of openings for drivers and if you meet the qualifications can position you to apply.
- Be cautious of companies that require the entry-level driver to sign a contract as a condition for employment.
- Contracts for entry-level drivers are designed to protect the interest of the company and can leave the driver with few good options if they feel the company has been unfair.
- Breaking the contract often means the driver will owe the company anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 for “training” they provided.
How many points can I have and still be eligible?
License has been suspended; revoked, denied, or canceled…can I still take the class?
- 2 points is the maximum of their MVR
- No, the student must have a current, valid operator’s license to qualify for enrollment
Vision, Hearing, Blood pressure, Limbs, Neurological, Heart, Prescribed mood altering drug usage
- Prospective students should know that the CDL program follows DOT guidelines for the drug and physical qualification requirements of CDL drivers.
- The Department of Transportation (DOT) physical covers the overall health of an applicant and whether they are using illegal drugs. Some specific areas to focus on in a prescreening process would be the following:
The DOT Drug test screens for the following on a Pre-Employment drug test
- Vision – correctable to 20/40 acuity for each eye
- Hearing – should be able to hear a forced whisper at 5 feet/if student wears hearing aids must have backup battery
- Blood Pressure – should be equal to or less than 140/90
- Limbs – loss of leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, or finger requires special testing
- Neurological- impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern
- Heart – murmurs, extra sounds, enlarged, pace maker – will require note from primary doctor
- Mood altering drugs for depression will disqualify applicant
Drivers will also be subject to both random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment in the trucking industry.
- Cocaine metabolites
- Opiate metabolites
- Phencyclidine (PCP)