When hauling goods to the Downtown San Luis Obispo (SLO) Farmer’s
Market, moving goods north on 101, or east-west on SR46 or 58, take care
trucking through SLO. The traffic courts in Paso Robles and SLO city collect
significant fines from trucking companies and independents from overweight
vehicles, special permit violations, and bad equipment. Flatbed trucking
is the worst because when something moves even a little on the back, it’s
easy for a law enforcement officer (LEO) to spot, which will prompt an
Getting a Job Trucking
The commercial driver’s license (CDL) program is regulated by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which requires applicants
to be 18 years of age or older. For interstate, or what is commonly known
as over-the-road (OTR) trucking, and to transport hazardous material (HAZMAT)
you must be 21 years of age. We will just go over some of the highlights.
he first thing you should do is download a copy of the CA
Commercial Drivers’ Handbook for more in-depth instructions. You will find this manual invaluable for
your career as a trucker.
To get a CDL, you must first obtain a commercial learner’s permit
(CPL). You must possess a CA driver’s license (DL). Although there
is no requirement to possess the
Real ID, since it will be mandatory soon, you should apply for a Real ID CDL.
When you have had a license in another state, or under a different name,
you must submit the Form
DL 939 Ten-year history check with your application for the
DL 44 CDL (must be an original form) at the DMV office. Check this
alphabetized list for the office nearest you. You must also complete a Medical Examination
Form MCSA-5875 to submit with your application.
On the day of your appointment, you will provide a thumbprint, have a picture
taken, show your Social Security card or IRS document, show your DL, residency
documents, pay the fee, pass the vision test, submit the completed MER,
DL 939, DL44, and pass the written knowledge test.
After you have your CPL, you must drive with a driver licensed on the class
of vehicle you will test on for the CDL driving test. Then make an appointment
by phone in SLO, (800) 777-0133. Check this
website for other areas. At your appointment, you must pass the pre-trip inspection
in the class of vehicle you will test on, which you must bring. then you
must pass the driving and skills tests. However, if your company has a
license to certify, bring the Certificate of Driving Skill (DL 170) signed
by your employer and you.
Now, you’re ready to “Get Trucking!”
Trucking Explosives & HAZMAT
CDL endorsements for explosives and HAZMAT require fingerprinting, background
checks, and a security threat assessment in addition to all the other
CDL requirements. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) completes
these requirements. You can make an appointment by calling 1-855-347-8371, or
Trucking explosives and HAZMAT is a precarious profession not just because
the load is dangerous, but also due to the risk of expensive fines. There
are four misdemeanor violations associated with hauling explosives: CVC
31609, failure to maintain inspection records; CVC
31611, missing or invalid route maps; CVC
31612, failure to display or carry shipping instructions; and CVC
31602 (a & c), improper or invalid endorsements, routes, or stopping. Convictions
under CVC 31602 also receive three negligent operator treatment system
(NOTS) points, which you’re only allowed four within a 12-month period.
Truckers do not “fear the fine” as much as the repercussions
of a conviction. Although some make a good living driving 50-60 hours
within a one-week period, a $4,175 fine would throw a wrench in anyone’s
budget. However, the fines are secondary to their career. It is the ability
to climb back in that rig and continue making a living to care for their
families that concern most truckers. Whether they’re hauling goods
to market, HAZMAT or explosives, more often than Santa Claus, they’re
“making a list and checking it twice.”
Consult a Traffic Lawyer for San Luis Obispo County
When truckers have permit violations or other tickets on Highway 101, 46,
or 58 they need help and call Bigger & Harman most often, (661) 349-9300.
They are the traffic ticket defense team most CDL holders call when they
need to appear in Los Angeles, SLO, Santa Clarita, or Paso Robles traffic
court. Send Bigger & Harman an email:
firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your citation.
Check the Bigger & Harman
Facebook page frequently for road closures and legal guidance on CVC changes that
could affect your driving record.
Gene P. wrote on
Yelp, “My experience with working with the Bigger & Harman law firm
was nothing short of excellent! I am an OTR CDL A driver and protecting
my CDL is a top priority. Upon receiving a citation, I immediately contacted
this law firm.”
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Se habla Español 661.349.9755.
Commercial Drivers’ Handbook
CA Vehicle Code, Sections 31600,
Transportation of Explosives