There are those truck driving training schools that will use one technique that will insure a new drivers’ failure at a driving career every time:
Another email from a CDL graduate with the same story:
“Just because my teacher at XXXX Training School told me not to put my DUI on my application because the DUI was over 5 years old, they fired me because I did not put it down. I was out on the road with my trainer for a week and they red flagged me and then fired me. I can’t seem to get any trucking company to even look at me now.”
When I receive emails like this one, and I get a lot of them, it simply makes my blood boil. As author of the first and original, Truth About Trucking, I want to reiterate the TRUTH about what some truck driving schools will do that will end your truck driving career before it even has a chance to begin. It’s not like I haven’t already made this SCAM known, but it’s time to let it be known again.
It is true that trucking companies will normally do a back-ground check for the past 5-7 years. The above email was sent to me by a new driver that had experienced a DUI back in 1996. So, here’s the truth AGAIN:
The trucking company means absolutely NOTHING when it comes to the completed hiring process. The ultimate decision will nearly always come from the insurance carrier. The employment application will always ask the question in similar form such as, “Have you ever been….?” or “Have you ever had a…?” or “Have you ever been convicted of…?” and so forth. The key word here is: “EVER“.
If the question is, “Have you ever been convicted of a DUI?” – then it means “ever.” Even if the DUI was 75 years ago, ever means ever. By not putting it down on the application constitutes “falsifying a Commercial Motor Vehicle Application” which is a very serious offense. State and Federal Laws are very clear about this matter:
“Any person who falsifies any information in an application or test for a commercial driver’s license shall not be licensed to operate a commercial motor vehicle, or the person’s commercial driver’s license shall be canceled, for a period of one year after the director discovers such falsification.”
These truck driving school instructors, recruiters and driver trainers know this. By telling you not to write it down on the application because they only go back several years, is nothing but a lie and a scam. The school still keeps your money and you could very well be in a situation where you may never find work as a truck driver. At the minimum, you will be out of luck for at least one year. Then, after one year has passed, you will be required to go through CDL training all over again, and yes, you will have to pay for it once more.
Because you may have driven for one or two weeks before the insurance carrier caught it, the trucking company will then turn around and place a “falsifying” report on your DAC. All future employers will see this report and thus, the reason for not accepting you within a driving position. Also, the HireRight DAC Trucking Solutions, who oversees the DAC report, could care less about the truth. You have the right to place your side of the story on your DAC and try to have it removed through the use of an attorney, but this can be very time consuming and costly.
REMEMBER: When a recruiter or truck driving school official or driver trainer tells you not to worry about writing down a violation that occurred over 5-7 years ago … they are either lying or they are just ignorant. It is a SCAM!
Doing so, will end your driving career and landing another truck driving job could take a very long time.
ALWAYS list EVERYTHING down on the Commercial Motor Vehicle Application no matter what the offense and no matter how long ago it was.
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