CDL Disqualifications in Maryland

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Driving a commercial vehicle is a big responsibility that not everyone is qualified for. Commercial drivers in Maryland are held to a much higher standard than regular drivers. Due to the sheer size and potential danger of large trucks and vans, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets strict regulations and rules all drivers with a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, must follow. Included in these rules and regulations are a number of traffic violations that can prevent a person from working as a commercial vehicle driver.

Moving Violations that May Disqualify a CDL Driver

Part 383 of the FMCSA Regulations and Interpretations governs disqualifications for CDL drivers. Among the most severe moving violations are:

  • Excessive speeding. Excessive speeding is when a driver goes 15 mph or more past the posted speed limit. While excessive speeding will generally not prevent a regular driver from keeping his license, a person may be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for excessive speeding.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident. All CMV drivers must stop if they are involved in a vehicle crash. Fleeing the scene is grounds for disqualification and may also lead to criminal penalties.
  • Driving Under the Influence. A DUI will lead to a license suspension without the aid of a qualified DUI lawyer in Baltimore. A CMV driver with a BAC at or above 0.04 will be disqualified from commercial driving and will lose both his regular and commercial license.

Other Serious CDL Violations

  • Using your commercial vehicle to distribute, manufacture, or dispense controlled substances
  • Using your commercial vehicle to commit a felony offense
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance (failing to pass a drug test)

Other Violations

In addition to the violations above, there are actions a commercial driver may take behind the wheel that can lead to other consequences and/or disqualification from driving a CMV. These CDL violations may include:

  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Reckless driving
  • Committing traffic violations in connection to a fatal accident
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without
    • Obtaining a CDL
    • Carrying a CDL
    • The proper CDL classification or endorsement
  • Erratic lane changes

Contact Hillel Traub to Fight Your Violation

Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has over 20 years of experience helping commercial drivers throughout Baltimore keep their CDL. He was a former Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration who has acquired decades of unmatched experience. Call (410) 580-1100 for a free consultation.

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