Traffic tickets for CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) holders have greater consequences than tickets for regular license holders. Traffic tickets received either driving a company vehicle or personal vehicle can lead to disqualification or suspension of your CDL.
Three or more serious traffic violations with a CDL will lead to disqualification. According to the Missouri Deparment of Revenue (DOR) serious traffic violations include reckless driving, speeding 15 mph or more above the speed limit, improper or erratic lane changes, following too closely, and any moving violation relating to a fatal crash. It only takes 8 points in an 18 month period for your license to be suspended with a CDL.
The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for CDL holders is lower than that of regular licenses. A CDL holder can get a DWI for 0.04 BAC compared to 0.08 for regular license holders.
Unlike traffic violations for regular license holders, with a CDL Suspended Imposition of Sentences are not available for traffic tickets. The Driver Improvement Program can not be used with commercial drivers licenses.
After your CDL disqualification or suspension is over you can apply for a Limited Driving Privilege which can be only used for driving your personal vehicle for non-commercial reasons.
Related Reading: Missouri DOR – Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators and The Law
If you have a Commercial Drivers License and you receive a traffic ticket, call Traffic Law Stop at (314) 644-7102 or handle your traffic ticket online anytime. We work to keep points off your license so you can keep your CDL.