Make a Mistake—Lose Your Job
Dear GG—For 15 years I had been pulling a
refrigerated trailer, and decided to get certified for specialized freight such as government loads with police and helicopter escorts. Well, I received my first load— pretty dangerous and valuable stuff—and I was a little nervous. I made a mistake by leaving my truck unattended at the wrong time and in the wrong place. It was an honest mistake. I lost my certification and now no one wants to
hire me. What can I do?
Jay Dee, there are several details missing from your story, and I am
certainly not an authority on the type of certification you’re referring to. However, it seems to me that a trainer should have been a part of your virgin voyage. Even with 15 years’ experience, this
type of load was new to you and warranted supervision.
Do you have too many points? Are you a fugitive? Did you “lose” a trailer? Barring incarceration or a revoked CDL, or a CDL with no endorsements, it escapes me why you don’t have a job.
Ask questions to every carrier that denies you employment until you get a satisfactory answer. A satisfactory answer means one
that makes sense.
Many moons ago, friends of mine driving team lost their jobs hauling specialized freight for a very similar reason. They both
found jobs within moments, however.
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