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CDL Traffic Tickets in New York: What to Know

Commercial Driver

Only those who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are able to drive a commercial vehicle for work. As a commercial driver, without a CDL license, your financial security is at risk. That’s why any traffic ticket that you receive can compromise this security. 

Those with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to a higher standard than the average driver because of the nature of what they do. Therefore there are certain restrictions unique to CDL drivers that must be followed or otherwise may result in the suspension or revocation of your CDL license. 

Who Requires a CDL?

Anyone who drives a commercial motor vehicle in the state of New York requires a CDL license. But what is considered a commercial motor vehicle? A commercial motor vehicle is defined as any one of the following:

  • A single vehicle with a gross weight rating of at least 26,001 pounds
  • A trailer with a gross weight rating of at least 26,001 pounds
  • A vehicle designed to transport at least 16 occupants (including the driver)
  • A bus
  • Any vehicle that requires hazardous material placards

If your CDL license is suspended or revoked, you may not drive any of the above vehicles. If you are found to be driving a commercial motor vehicle without your CDL, it is a crime and you may face a $5,000 fine or even receive jail time. 

Other Causes for CDL Suspension or Revocation

It’s also important to know that under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, it’s illegal to have more than a single driver’s license of any kind. Therefore you must surrender your old license for your CDL. If you are found to have more than one license, once again you can receive a fine of $5,000 and even jail time. 

Other moving violations that can result in the suspension of your CDL include:

  • Causing an accident resulting in a fatality
  • Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of more than .04%
  • Refusing to take a breathalyzer test
  • Failing to yield or stop at a stop sign
  • Unsafe or illegal lane changes
  • Running a red light
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving at least 15 mph over the speed limit
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Tailgating
  • Violating any New York Transportation regulations

Since many CDL violations are in fact also crimes, you could end up with a permanent criminal record and you could even go to jail.

AutoTrafficTickets.com Helps Those in New York Who Wish to Challenge a Ticket 

If you have received a CDL traffic ticket in New York, it can have very serious consequences on your life and your livelihood. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced New York traffic ticket attorney. If you wish to challenge your ticket, AutoTrafficTickets.com can help. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

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