Individual trucking companies set their own list of “allowed” violations for hiring truck drivers. Companies usually post the number of allowed moving violations in their employment ads. Many companies accept up to three moving violations in the past three years. However, aside from company regulations, there are state and federal regulations for keeping a commercial driver’s license (CDL).[/box]
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Drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs receive a minimum one-year suspension of the CDL. A second offense can result in a lifetime suspension. A first offense while transporting hazardous materials can result in a three-year suspension.
Violating an Out-of-Service Order
If a driver is found operating a commercial vehicle with a suspended CDL, he can lose his license for up to one year for a first offense and up to five years for a second offense.
Moving violations, such as speeding or failure to stop at a stop sign, can result in points against your license and a suspension of your CDL. Serious speeding, defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as 15 mph or more over the speed limit, can result in a 60-day suspension of a CDL.