As a truck driver, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a necessity to keep your career moving and paychecks coming in. Here at Lightning Logistics, safety is always a priority, and we pride ourselves on working with carriers who feel the same way. So, while we’re sure nobody who works with us is at risk of it, it’s important to be aware of the common reasons for losing your CDL.
In addition to reviewing these reasons for losing your CDL, it’s also a good idea to occasionally refresh your memory about essential safety tips for truck drivers.
Reasons for Having Your CDL Suspended or Revoked
Some of the traffic violations mentioned below lead to suspension or revocation if you get a certain number of them within a specific time period (often starting at two citations within three years). Also, these standards are stricter and the penalties are harsher if you’re transporting hazardous materials.
- Operating your truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol; you can even have your CDL suspended for doing this in your personal vehicle
- Failing a drug test
- Refusing a drug or alcohol test
- Driving 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit
- Being cited for reckless or distracted driving
- Being cited for following another vehicle too closely or making an improper lane change
- Failing to stop at a railroad crossing
- Fleeing the scene of an accident
- Traffic violations that cause a fatality
- Driving a truck without having your CDL with you
- Driving a truck with a suspended or lapsed CDL
- Using a vehicle in the commission a felony