Commercial Truck Transportation Driver Regulations

In accordance with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act, states must follow federal regulations when issuing commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). CDLs must be held by truck drivers engaged in interstate, intrastate or foreign transportation. Failure to drive responsibility possibly leading to a truck accident may result in the revocation or suspension of a CDL for a commercial truck driver. Employers are never disqualified in operating a vehicle. This article explains the requirements for granting a CDL and the reasons why a CDL can subsequently be revoked.

Driver Requirements for Certain Disqualification

To even qualify for a CDL, a driver must meet certain mental and physical requirements. These requirements are contained in relevant sections of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Some of the requirements to obtain a CDL include:

  • Age. The individual must be 21 years or older.
  • The individual must read and speak English sufficiently enough to navigate road signs and communicate with the general public.
  • The individual must possess enough skill to operate the commercial vehicle in question.
  • Physically Fit. The individual must be physically qualified to operate a motor vehicle. Despite certain exceptions, drivers must not have any physical impairments including loss of appendages. A driver must also possess sufficient vision and hearing. Other medical factors are also considered including heart disease. Not to mention, drivers must not be diagnosed as alcoholics.
  • The driver must have completed a driver’s road test.

Examples of Driving That Might Result in CDL Disqualification

Trucking companies must keep accurate records of each employed driver to ensure compliance with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act. There are numerous situations that might result in the revocation of a CDL, including some of the most common situations:

  • Drive Impairment. A variety of situations involving drugs and alcohol can lead to revocation of a CDL including drivers or manufacture or distribute controlled substances and drivers who receive driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs citations. Drivers who are found transporting illegal substances are also disqualified.
  • Drive Physical Condition. Drivers who suffer from certain psychiatric disorder or drivers who have an inability to operate a vehicle based on obtaining medical certification due to hearing loss, visual impairment, or other physical conditions.
  • A driver who commits a felony using a commercial vehicle will be disqualified.
  • Poor Driving Skills. There are a handful of situations in which a driver will have his license revoked due to poor driving including leaving the scene of an accident, repeated speeding or tailgating services, traffic accidents leading to fatalities.
  • No Valid CDL. Drivers who operate a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL can receive license revocation.

Consequences

Driver CDL disqualification can last anywhere from a few months to ten years. The disqualification may be lifted once authorities restore driving privileges.

If you or a loved one are facing an issue involving a revoked CDL and require the services of a skilled accident attorney, contact our law firm. Call 409-838-1000 or email our lawyers to schedule your free initial consultation.