In addition to the standard reasons for license suspension and revocation, commercial drivers have the following concerns.
Serious moving violations
The following traffic tickets are considered serious moving violations for commercial drivers. A commercial driver will lose CDL privileges for at least 60 days if convicted of two serious traffic violations in three years (involving a commercial vehicle) and lose CDL privileges for at least 120 days if convicted of three serious violations in three years (involving a commercial vehicle). Serious traffic violations include:
- Excessive speeding (15 mph or more above the posted limit)
- Reckless driving
- Improper or erratic lane changes
- Following a vehicle too closely
- Traffic offenses committed in a CMV in connection with fatal traffic accidents
- Operating a CMV without first obtaining a CDL
- Operating a CMV without a CDL in the driver’s possession
- Operating a CMV without the proper class of CDL and/or endorsement for the specific vehicle
Other violations and criminal acts
Commercial Drivers should also be aware of other violations and criminal acts which potentially have a more severe effect on a CDL than a non-CDL.
- It is illegal to operate a CMV if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .04% or more. If you operate a CMV, you shall be deemed to have given your consent to alcohol testing.
- You will be put out-of-service for 24 hours if you have any detectable amount of alcohol under .04%.
You will lose your CDL for at least one year for a first offense for:
- Driving a CMV if your blood alcohol concentration is .04% or higher.
- Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
- Driving any vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.
- Refusing to undergo blood alcohol testing.
- Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.
- Committing a felony involving the use of a vehicle.
- Operating a CMV while your CDL is revoked, suspended, or canceled for prior violations, or if disqualified from operating a CMV, or if convicted for causing a fatality through negligent operation of a CMV, including, but not limited to crimes of vehicular manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
- You will lose your CDL for life if convicted a second time for any of the offenses listed above.
- You will lose your CDL for life if you use a CMV to commit a felony involving controlled substances.
It is imperative if you drive a commercial motor vehicle that you consult with an attorney who fully understands the unique, serious and career-threatening consequences that you are facing.