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How traffic violations affect CDL drivers

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Traffic Violations |

A CDL is a commercial driver’s license that people need to operate a large van or truck. Every state has specific rules that are required of their drivers. Florida requires their drivers to have a good driving record and has restrictions for those with specific traffic violations.

General regulations

In most states, traffic violations that affect operators of commercial driving licenses are serious offenses. Commercial drivers who accumulate two major violations in three years will have their CDLs revoked for a 60-day minimum. Three major violations in the same period result in a 120-day minimum revocation. After only a few violations, a commercial driver’s license can be permanently disqualified.

A commercial driver who is convicted of a traffic violation is advised to contact the employer immediately within 30 days. The contact must be made in writing and in descriptive detail.

Applying for a job

When applying for a CDL job, your employers will most likely look over your driving record. They will see all of your violations on paper and decide if they are too risky to hire or not. They are looking out for the best interests of their companies and want to maintain high Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores.

Knowing your records

If you have driven and gotten into a few accidents, or you have received a ticket, there may be violations on your motor vehicle record that you are not aware of. Your information may also appear through a Pre-Employment Screening Program that employees review before agreeing to do an initial interview. There are certain records that employers check as part of screening applicants for driving jobs.