Can a truck driver be disqualified from operating a CMV if convicted of certain offenses?
- A CDL driver can be disqualified from driving a CMV if convicted of a “major” violation or “serious” violation.
- “Major” offenses while operating a motor vehicle (whether CMV or non-CMV) include:
- Being under the influence of alcohol as defined by the state
- Being under the influence of a controlled substance
- Refusing to take an alcohol test
- Using a vehicle to commit a felony
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving a CMV when your CDL is revoked, suspended, or cancelled
Disqualification for a “major” offenses conviction is one year. A second conviction results in lifetime disqualification.
- “Serious” violations while operating a vehicle include, for example:
- Excessive speeding (15 mph above the limit)
- Reckless driving
- Following too closely
- Driving a CMV without a permit or CDL
- Violating anti-texting laws
- Disqualification for “serious” traffic violations occurs if you are convicted of 2 such actions during any three year period. Disqualification is for 60 days (or 120 days if convicted of 3 serious traffic violations within 3 years).
- Fines may also be imposed for “major” or “serious” violations.