You work for a living if you are a commercial driver. If you have a problem with your CDL, you might end up doing more — you might end up fighting for your livelihood.
Pennsylvania can temporarily or permanently take your license away for many reasons. You can find some details about the disqualification process in this article.
What is a disqualification?
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the term “disqualification” refers to a withdrawal of your privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Here are some issues which could lead to this license revocation:
- Failing to stop or slow down at railroad tracks
- Speeding, reckless driving or following too closely
- Texting or using a phone while driving a commercial vehicle
- Failing to remain at the scene of an accident
- Driving while under the influence or refusing a chemical test
There are two main categories of offenses: major and serious. The category has a bearing on your next steps. Additionally, it bears mentioning that some of these violations could affect your CDL even if you were not on the job.
Can you get your license back?
Traffic offenses have the potential to cause problems further down the road, such as when the threshold for disqualification is multiple offenses. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provides online options for resolving traffic violations and restoring licenses. However, you may be able to fight the traffic violation in court to avoid the penalties.
There is no such thing as a minor allegation — that includes traffic offenses. Whatever the issue, your livelihood is worth fighting for.