What happens if I have a CDL and get speeding ticket in a personal vehicle?

Answer: Truck drivers who operate their vehicles with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to a high standard when it comes to driving safety.   CDL holders face stiff fines and points for speeding tickets or for a commercial traffic violation, for example. But what happens if a CDL holder gets a ticket when driving his or her personal vehicle, not his work truck?   

The effect of a speeding ticket when driving a personal vehicle may not be as severe as when driving their truck, but there are several implications for CDL holders who speed in their personal vehicles.  Most notably, the ticket is entered onto their record, and can effect them in the future if additional speeding tickets are assessed.   

A truck driver can face serious problems or the loss of their CDL for the following issues, even when done in their personal vehicle: 

  • Amassing several speeding tickets in a personal vehicle.
  • Being caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in their personal vehicle.
  • Failing to submit to a breathalyzer or other test when driving their own vehicle.
  • Driving without car insurance, or with a suspended driver’s license

If you are facing any of these or other circumstances, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to help you prevent the loss of your CDL. 

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