How does a moving violation impact my CDL?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Traffic Violations |

If you drive trucks for a living, having an active commercial driver’s license is crucial. Without it, you will not be able to support your family.

Pennsylvania law requires you to have a CDL if you drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any single vehicle weighing at least 26,001 pounds
  • Combined vehicles weighing at least 26,001 pounds
  • A vehicle of any size that carries hazardous materials
  • A school bus carrying at least 11 passengers
  • A vehicle carrying at least 16 passengers

What are the penalties for a moving violation?

Safe driving practices are crucial to keep everyone safe on the road. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were more than 7,000 large truck crashes in 2021. Penalties for disobeying traffic laws are strict as a result.

Serious offenses include going more than 15 miles over the posted speed limit and driving in an erratic manner. You can also get a moving violation if you tailgate another driver or use a smartphone while driving. Committing a moving violation can have severe consequences.

What happens if a court convicts you?

You put your CDL in jeopardy when a court convicts you of two moving violations within a three-year period. In such a case, you cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle for 60 days. If a court convicts you of three moving violations within three years, you cannot drive a CMV for 120 days.

Lawmakers impose severe penalties to keep roads safe. It is imperative that you maintain safe driving practices. Never drink and drive. With two DUI convictions, you will never have a CDL again.