Commercial drivers include truck drivers, bus drivers, and limo drivers. A person needs a special type of driver's license, e.g. Class A or B (there are additional commercial classes as well), to drive these vehicles. Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard and stricter regulations than non-commercial drivers. Unfortunately, commercial drivers are likely to spend much more time on the road that non-commercial drivers, thereby increasing the odds of getting a traffic ticket.
Traffic Ticket in Commercial Vehicle
Commercial drivers who receive a traffic ticket while driving their commercial vehicles are not eligible for traffic school. This means that if you are convicted, points will be assessed to your driving record. The consequences for commercial drivers are severe, including loss of employment and driver's license suspension (if you receive too many points). If you are a commercial driver who received a ticket while driving your work vehicle, CONTACT our traffic ticket lawyer today.
Driving in a Non-Commercial Vehicle
The court may approve traffic school for a driver with a commercial driver's license if the eligible offense occurred in a non-commercial vehicle. After completion of traffic school by a driver with a commercial driver's license, a conviction will still appear on the driving record, but a point will not appear for the offense.
Point System for Commercial Drivers
Class A or B commercial drivers accumulate points faster than regular Class C non-commercial drivers. The system is 1.5 points for every 1 point that a non-commercial driver would receive. For example, whereas a conviction for speeding per Vehicle Code Section 22350 would count for 1 point for a non-commercial driver it counts for 1.5 points for a commercial driver. A conviction for a 2 point offense, such as driving in excess of 100 mph in violation of Vehicle Code Section 22348(b), would carry 3 points for a commercial driver. Too many points on your driving record, e.g. 4 points in a year, 6 points in 2 years, can result in a driver's license suspension. This would likely result in loss of employment for a commercial driver.
Commercial Driver Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you are a commercial driver and have received a ticket in Los Angeles County, contact our office today for free consultation. Submit our CONTACT form or call us at (877) 667-1205. Berglund Law Office, P.C. has handled hundreds of traffic ticket infractions, obtaining favorable results for many of our clients.