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undefinedNavigating the complexities of California's traffic laws can be challenging, especially for commercial drivers whose livelihoods depend on a clean driving record.

One specific violation, a commercial vehicle lane violation, can pose significant consequences if not addressed swiftly and strategically.

Understanding the Rules for Commercial Vehicle Lane Violations

CA traffic law, such as CA Vehicle Code (VC) Section 22348 (c), Speed Laws mandates specific lanes for larger vehicles like trucks and buses to ensure road safety and efficiency.

These designated lanes vary depending on factors like road design, number of lanes, and time of day. Failing to adhere to these lane restrictions can result in a commercial vehicle lane violation ticket, carrying a hefty fine, and potential negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) points on their Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

The Impact of a Commercial Vehicle Lane Violation Conviction

The ramifications of a commercial vehicle lane violation conviction extend far beyond the initial fine. Although this is a minor infraction, penalties can include:

  • The fine of approximately $238.
  • CA NOTS points can add up and lead to suspension. A suspension can affect a commercial driver's driving career.
  • DOT FMCSA Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) severity points for a moving violation are added to the commercial drivers’ Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP) for three years.
  • The carrier also receives CSA severity points on their Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile, which raises their fleet insurance premium.
  • Possible termination, which would complicate getting a new driving position with the PSP record.

Protect Your CDL with a Traffic Attorney

When facing a commercial vehicle lane violation ticket, seek legal consultation to improve your chances of a favorable outcome significantly.

A knowledgeable and experienced commercial driver traffic attorney can:

  • Analyze your specific case: Thoroughly review the details of your violation and identify potential defenses.
  • Negotiate with the traffic court judge: Advocate for a reduced charge or dismissal to minimize the impact on your CDL.
  • Represent you in court: Provide strong legal representation in traffic court.
  • Explore a non-moving violation: Advocate for a reduced charge categorized as a non-moving violation, which typically wouldn't require a report to the DMV or FMCSA and wouldn't add points to your CDL. While the initial fine might be higher, the absence of points and FMCSA notification can be crucial for your commercial driving career.

Don't leave your CDL and livelihood to chance. Contact a commercial driver traffic attorney today for a free consultation.

Remember, early intervention and legal guidance can significantly improve the resolution of a commercial vehicle lane violation ticket. Our team of experienced attorneys understands the complexities of traffic law and the specific challenges commercial drivers face. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your options for protecting your CDL and future on the road.

Consult Bigger & Harman About Disputing Your Commercial Vehicle Lane Violation in Traffic Court

If you need assistance with a commercial vehicle lane violation in Roseville Courthouse, contact Bigger & Harman for an initial consultation at (661) 349-9300 or email

Alternatively, you can use the convenient online contact form.

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The DMV Portal CA Commercial Driver Handbook.

CA Vehicle Code Section 22348 (c), Speed Laws.

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