The state of Illinois subjects commercial driver’s license holders to slightly more severe penalties than standard drivers.

With a CDL representing a person’s ability to make a living in many cases, it is essential drivers understand how traffic tickets can affect their license.

Motor vehicle violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all states to participate in and record traffic violations into the Commercial Driver’s License Information System and the National Driver Register. This ensures that a disqualified CDL holder in one state does not apply for licensure in another state.

The FMCSA records traffic violations as either major or serious. Major violations include leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, refusing a state-required breath or chemical test, motor vehicle manslaughter and committing a felony while using the commercial vehicle. Serious violations include speed in excess of 15 mph over the posted limit, driving a commercial vehicle without the CDL present and reckless driving.

CDL license disqualification

According to the Cyber Drive Illinois CDL Study Guide, drivers will experience a 60-day disqualification for two serious traffic violations within a three-year period. For those with three violations in the same period of time, drivers will experience a 120-day disqualification.

The study guide lists using a cell phone device while driving including texting or hand-held calls as a serious violation. Improper lane usage also contributes to potential disqualification.

While drivers want to maintain their business by being faster, traffic violations can cause loss of work and even employment. There are many rules and regulations CDL holders must abide by to maintain their licenses.