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Do CDL Regulations Cause More Harm Than Good?

Truck drivers are some of the most highly regulated workers in the country. In fact, the trucking and CDL industry is regulated almost as heavily as the medical industry. If you think that’s excessive, you’re not alone. Most CDL drivers agree that they are regulated to the point of not being able to do their jobs. In fact, some say that many of the regulations make their jobs more hazardous because the laws force them to choose between following safety standards and earning an income. What’s more, in many cases even a single infraction can mean the loss of a driver’s license, their job, or both.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

One of the laws that forces drivers to choose between their livelihoods and their safety is the industry standard that a driver is only paid for a delivery if that delivery is on time. You can imagine that many unpredictable and uncontrollable delays happen during a driver’s route. From road construction to the many wasted hours waiting for shipments to be loaded and unloaded, drivers can experience delays that are completely outside of their control. When this happens, they’re often forced to speed or take shortcuts to make it to the next stop on time or face the loss of income. However, a simple speeding ticket can sometimes mean the loss of a driver’s job, and it will certainly mean points against their CDL license. Enough of those points can mean losing their license, having their license suspended and not being able to work or earn money for a month or more, or even losing their jobs altogether. These impossible decisions seem to make it so that CDL drivers lose no matter what they do.

No Traffic School For CDL Drivers

To make matters worse, CDL drivers can’t take traffic school courses or defensive driving courses in order to remove points from their license. That means once they get a moving violation it stays there, and there’s almost nothing they can do about it.

Severe Penalties and Charges For Seemingly Minor Offenses

Another challenge facing CDL drivers is that what constitutes “speeding” for a truck driver is often far different than what most drivers consider speeding. If a truck driver is pulled over for going 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, that might seem to be not much of a problem. However, that’s considered a serious infraction for a CDL driver, and in some states that infraction can cause the driver to be charged with a misdemeanor. A charge like that is almost certainly going to result in the loss of their license and their job.

Pressure From Companies

The trucking and CDL industry has come a long way when it comes to companies pressuring drivers to work in unsafe conditions, but the problem is still widespread. It might seem that the best course of action is simply to go the speed limit and hope you can still make it on time. However, many companies will pressure their drivers to speed or to cut corners in order to get that delivery there on time. After all, it’s not just the driver who doesn’t get paid if the delivery is late, it’s the trucking company they work for, too. The more drivers a company has out on the road and the more hours those drivers work, the more income the company obtains. That makes it very tempting for companies to force their workers to travel faster, work longer, and drive more hours than regulations permit, knowing full well that drivers who are caught breaking those regulations could lose their entirely livelihoods while the company will usually walk away free of consequences.

What Can You Do?

If you’re a CDL driver, most of this information rings all too true. If you’ve been charged with a moving violation, many concerns are probably running through your head. You can’t take traffic school courses, your job might be at stake, and the entire situation is stressful. While you have fewer avenues of defense than most drivers, you can still fight your ticket and try to get it reversed. If your ticket is reversed, you’ll avoid the consequences that come with having the conviction on your record, and you’ll be able to move on with your life without having the cloud of a dent to your license hanging over you.

Ticket Void has been working with commercial drivers for years helping them fight their tickets by matching them with experienced, qualified attorneys in their area. With just a few pieces of information, Ticket Void can match you with an attorney that’s right for your case, meaning you can fight your ticket and move forward as quickly as possible. The initial consultation is free, so what do you have to lose? Get started today, protect your job and your livelihood, and exercise your right to fight.


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