Commercial Driver License

It takes special skills and a professional attitude to safely operate large trucks and buses. Only professional drivers will receive and keep a Commercial Driver License (CDL).

Commercial Drivers spend more time on the road than the average driver. They are also entrusted with transporting the largest and most hazardous cargo on the road. As such, state and federal enforcement agencies do their best to insure that commercial drivers are the safest and most responsible of all drivers.

Traffic tickets, license suspensions or other driving related issues for commercial drivers with commercial driver licenses (CDL) can carry more severe penalties than the same issues for non-commercial drivers because commercial drivers are generally considered to have an extra responsibility to traffic safety.

Where the average person drives to work, a CDL holder drives for work. Thus, a CDL holder must be particularly smart as far as how he handles the most basic speeding ticket or traffic violation, let alone more serious misdemeanors and even felonies.

The ability to work and earn money is potentially at stake. If a non-commercial driver loses his privilege to drive he will likely be eligible for some version of a restricted use license to get to and from work. If a commercial driver loses his privilege to drive he will not be eligible to drive a commercial vehicle and thus won’t be able to work at all. Add to that the fact that it is much easier to have CDL privileges suspended or revoked than an ordinary driver license and it is evident just how serious speeding tickets and other moving violations can be for a commercial driver.

Even traffic tickets that do not result in a loss of your privilege to drive a commercial vehicle can be extremely harmful. Many commercial drivers are covered by an employer insurance policy and risk becoming a financial burden to their employers if they receive traffic tickets on their CDL or other CDL violations. Some employers have specific policies with respect to certain point totals or convictions for their commercial drivers.

Did you know that CDL holders…

  • Must notify your employer within 30 days of a conviction for any traffic violations (except parking). This is true no matter what type of vehicle you were driving.
  • Must notify your motor vehicle licensing agency within 30 days if you are convicted in any other state of any traffic violation (except parking). This is true no matter what type of vehicle you were driving.
  • Must notify your employer within one working day if your CDL license privilege is suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified.

If you are a commercial driver and have received a CDL traffic ticket, your first step should be to find out what is at stake and what you can do to avoid potential CDL problems. Feel free to access our directory of traffic ticket attorneys to speak with an attorney in your area who can potentially help.

A local attorney may be able to help if you have questions about this topic.