Keeping your commercial driver’s license (CDL) in good standing is
not as easy as the average non-commercial driver would believe. Many commercial
drivers spend seventy percent of their workweek or more on the road. Even
though over-the-road truckers (OTR) spend the most time in their vehicles
and away from home, even local, delivery drivers spend eight to ten hours
per day in their vehicle making deliveries. Therefore, it would seem with
the hours they spend in their vehicles, the odds of their making a mistake
would be much higher than the average driver.
The Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program
EPN program falls under CA Vehicle Code (CVC) 1801.1 gives employers a method to check
a new driver’s record, monitor their driver’s motor vehicle
record (MVR), and provides automatic notification under the following
· Initial enrollment in the EPN
· Failure to Appear (FTA)
· CDL revocations or suspensions
The program was initiated to:
· Improve public safety
· Minimize employer liability
· Notify employers about driver behavior
· Ensures employers know their drivers have a valid CDL
The EPN program assists with communications between the Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) and CA employers to provide negative feedback about potential
future and current drivers.
The Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) as it Applies to CDL Holders
The NOTS is another DMV initiative to assist regular drivers, CDL holders,
and employers through a warning system of automatic letters and notification
at certain levels. These four levels are:
Level I. Generates a warning letter for two points within a year, four points within
two years, six points within three years, or any major conviction.
Level II. Generates an Intent to Suspend notice for three points within a year,
five points within two years, seven points within three years, or any
Level III. Generates a probation and suspension for four points within a year, six
points within two years, eight points within three years, when no rebuttal
is received by the DMV (see the NOTS Hearing info below). The one-year
probation and six-month suspension will run concurrently.
Level IV. Generates an additional suspension and probation for any violation or
FTA during the probation and suspension period.
CVC 12810 requires the DMV to assign NOTS points for any conviction of a moving
violation under CVC or notification of at-fault responsibility (any percentage
higher than 0%) in motor vehicle accidents from law enforcement (LE) officials.
This system assesses zero points for non-moving violations, such as a
broken taillight, one point for minor convictions of violations of the
CVC, such as running a red-light, and two points for major infractions,
misdemeanors, and felonies of the CVC, such as speeding over 100 mph.
However, CDL holders who are convicted or have an at-fault accident in
their CMV are assessed 1.5 times the points for each conviction or accident.
In other words, a minor infraction is assessed 1.5 points and a major
infraction, misdemeanor, or felony is assessed three points.
To request a copy of your MVR, register on
ca.gov and submit the
INF 1125.pdf. To request an NOTS Hearing, call or write the
DMV Safety Branch nearest you.
Call the Bigger & Harman Traffic Ticket Defense Team
In the south-central CA area, the best traffic ticket defender team isBigger
& Harman. Paul and Mark are proud to represent professional drivers,
who are often victims of a system designed to make life very difficult
for them. Bigger & Harman have a special reputation with truckers
and other CDL holders.
They have a vast knowledge of CVC since they only practice traffic law
in CA traffic courts. Bigger & Harman know the challenges of maintaining
your license and keeping a driving job. Additionally, they have a respected
reputation in traffic courts across south-central CA.
If you received a ticket and you are a CDL holder, you know how important
it is to maintain your CDL in good standings. Many employers now have
a zero-defect mentality and will terminate your employment on the spot
for any driving infraction.
Even when the infraction was in your private vehicle you must notify your
employer of any conviction. When you need assistance from a traffic ticket
defense attorney in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and LA County, or
another south-central CA county, you should call the professionals at
Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300, or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. They will set up an appointment for you to discuss your circumstances,
with no obligation.
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