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I plan on going to truck driving school. I have had 3 DWIs. The last being 6 years ago. Will I be insurable in a commercial vehicle?


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Many commercial vehicle insurers do not want to insure a driver with a commercial driver's license (CDL) that has a DUI, DWI or OUI. Since your last DWI was over six years ago, you might be able to find an insurance carrier that will insure you but the costs likely still be high.

I would check with the trucking school you are going to attend for more information since they typically would deal with the insurance companies that you would possibly want to be insured through. You can also find out if the school thinks you will be insurable through a company plan once you get a job after your truck driving school is over.

Our research found that companies hiring truck drivers varied about how far back a driving under the influence conviction had to be for a driver to be employed with them. This is probably due to the different insurance carriers' rules of who they will and will not insure. The information found includes: no DUI in the last 3 years and no more than 1 in the last 7 years, no DWI or DUI convictions within the past 5 years, and the driver will not be considered if convicted of a DUI, DWI or OUI due to alcohol within 4 years.

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2 Responses to "I plan on going to truck driving school. I have had 3 DWIs. The last being 6 years ago. Will I be insurable in a commercial vehicle?"
  1. Visitor

    Most DUIs happen in a personal vehicle, not while a CDL driver is driving a work truck,why are we punished for 5-7or 10 yrs to go back to work.. The CDL dept. takes your CDL for 1 year, if you do have another DUI in that year they give you your license back to go to work, but the insurance companies will not let you for a lot of years, this is not right - Tucson AZ

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  2. Anonymous

    Truck driving has nothing to do with dwi...except for getting a job. Most every one has drove an auto whether a heavy truck or small auto drunk or tired at one time or another...most never got in trouble over it so everyone who did get into trouble now looks bad because of insurance companies.

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