What You Should Know About CDL Suspensions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues the rules that carry the consequences of potential disqualifications for CDL drivers when found to be in violation. The rules are established for the safety of all motorists on the road, and the personal driving behaviors of CDL holders in their own personal vehicles may impact the eligibility of holding on to their CDL license. Disqualified drivers have a harder time finding employment, though the help of a CDL traffic violation consultant could restore licensing.

Safety Nets for Employers

Disqualified drivers are required to notify their employer and the state where they are licensed if they have a conviction on their record. This rule is the Notification of Conviction for Drivers. Employers are also able to review the MVRs of their drivers through the Annual Inquiry and Review Driving Record rule. This gives no excuse for an employer to claim ignorance of a driver’s disqualifications.

Major Offences for Disqualification

Not all traffic violations or incidents are grounds for disqualification. These are some of the more serious offenses that can result in the suspension of the CDL.

  • Fleeing the scene of an accident while operating a commercial vehicle
  • Driving under the influence of a controlled substance or the influence of alcohol
  • Refusing to comply with drug alcohol testing
  • Using a commercial vehicle for committing a felony
  • Using a commercial vehicle to distribute, dispense or manufacture a controlled substance

Driver Restrictions

When a driver has had their CDL revoked or suspended, the driver isn’t allowed to operate any commercial motor vehicle during the period of time the suspension is valid. There are some limited privileges for these drivers and noncommercial vehicles. Disqualifications can last from 60 days up to a lifetime disqualification, depending on the severity and reoccurrences of the suspension violations.

Driver training and monitoring programs can help employers ensure their drivers are complying with all FMCSA safety rules and regulations. Drivers, however, are ultimately responsible for keeping their records clean.

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