Keeping a clean professional driving record is imperative to both the commercial
driver’s license (CDL) holder and fleet management. When a CDL holder
gets a blemish on their driving record, it can cost them their career
and fleet management will need to recruit, hire and train a new replacement,
which will cost them more money even after the hit their fleet insurance
took because of one driver’s carelessness or poor decision.
As one fleet manager wrote in
TruckingTruth.com, “I just can’t stress this enough—keep your license
clean and make smart decisions. It can mean the difference between finding
work and keeping your career, or watching your life come to a screeching
Many CDL holders think it is unfair that they are held to such a high standard
when a regular driver gets assessed just 1 negligent operator treatment
system (NOTS) point for a traffic violation conviction, theirs is 50 percent
higher or 1.5 points, or 2 versus 3 and the conviction will stay on their
driving record much longer.
Well, that is the profession you chose and transporting America’s
goods in an 80,000-pound truck or our children back and forth to school
demands a higher standard of conduct and accountability than millions
of other workers. It’s like they say, “If you can’t
stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” otherwise, keep your mind
on the road and the importance of the profession you have chosen. It may
be preaching to the choir to 99 percent of California’s CDL holders,
but keeping a clean driving record if you have a CDL is crucial.
If you’re bringing your CDL from another state or had your CDL transferred
from the military, some of the requirements in California may be different
than what you are used to. You can get updated quickly by looking through the
California Commercial Driver Handbook, available from the DMV in .pdf
Some new CDL holders who have not been mentored properly do not realize
they must report any traffic conviction to their employer within 30 days,
even out-of-state or in their private vehicle. Don’t make that mistake,
as the Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program will often notify your employer
automatically. Therefore, that minor infraction in your private vehicle
that your employer may have looked the way on will be reported and you
could be fired.
The EPN Program Tracks Your Driving Record
You can find out everything you need to know about the EPN from the DMV.CA.GOV
general information page,
here. Basically, the program is administered by the DMV, which will send a
CDL holder’s driving record to an employer within 30 days of enrollment
or recruitment and then annually after that, or when the driver has a
traffic violation conviction, collision, FTA, or suspension.
A CDL Holder Should Contest Every Ticket
To keep a clean professional driving record, a CDL holder should contest
every ticket. Call Bigger & Harman’ Bakersfield office at 661-349-9300
when you have specific questions about the CA Vehicle Code or your ticket.
Or, send an email to:
Mark Bigger and Paul Harman have an excellent reputation with CDL holder
in the Central Valley area and in some SoCal locations, such as LA, Riverside,
Read this comment left on
avvo.com Mark says, “I got a ticket for parking on an onramp. I was cited
for non emergency stop on freeway. The violation carried 1 and a half
points. Luckily I found these people on a Google search. They were able
to get my ticket reduced to a non point violation. I'm very grateful
for the work they did for me.”
Bigger & Harman always charge a flat rate rather than by the hour,
so you know exactly what you will have to pay no matter how many times
they need to appear in court for you or regardless of the paperwork load,
no hidden fees, no surprises. Just expert legal representation you can trust.
Or, you can read Bigger & Harman’s
Nolo.com page, Nolo is one of the top internet digests for legal experts. Or,
Yelp, read the 80 or more reviews left by some of the thousands of clients,
mostly positive, with some negative comments, you can’t win every
time. But, you can count on them to put up the best possible legal defense
on your ticket.
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