A traffic ticket is never a good thing, but some are worse than others. CDL traffic tickets have severe and lasting consequences. Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) take a lot of work and training to obtain, and they can be easily jeopardized by traffic convictions.
Here’s what you need to know about CDL traffic tickets and what to do if you are issued a ticket, whether in a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) or your own personal vehicle.
Types of Violation
In California, there are several types of moving violations CDL holders can incur. Speeding is by far the most common. A speeding conviction where a CDL holder is going 15 mph or more over the speed limit is considered a serious violation. Receiving multiple violations within a three-year period will lead to a disqualification of your license.
A speeding ticket conviction on a CDL varies from a standard speeding ticket because it is not eligible for traffic school. Federal law requires you to notify your employer of any traffic convictions within 30 days of the ticket.
CDL holders are different from standard driver’s license holders because they depend on their license for employment. Drivers are unable to earn a paycheck with a suspended or revoked license, and that makes CDL traffic tickets very concerning.
Managers of trucking fleets are hyper-aware of their driver’s histories and speeding records. A traffic conviction, even a minor one, can make it difficult to maintain employment. Drivers with several infractions may be let go and it can be difficult to find more work.
In California, companies have access to your CDL driving record and motor vehicle driving record through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice program to consider when hiring. Too many infractions, points, or even one serious offense does not bode well.
One of the reasons most fleet management is so cautious with moving violations is insurance cost. Companies may terminate employment after a single moving violation, even in a personal vehicle, because of the fear of rising insurance.
Seek Legal Representation
If you have received a CDL traffic ticket, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation immediately. The Law Offices of Amir Soleimanian & Associates, INC., Mr. Ticket, are experienced in protecting your rights and preventing traffic convictions. Keep your employment secure and let us handle your ticket. We service California traffic citations only. Call us today for a free case evaluation!