CDL Disqualification Due to Reckless Driving

Commercial driver's depend on their CDL for their livelihood. Many drivers with CDL's call my office after receiving a reckless driving ticket, concerned they may lose their CDL as a result of their reckless driving ticket. This page addresses the instances where a driver's CDL may be suspended or disqualified due to a

CDL

reckless driving conviction.

Regular Driver's License Suspension

If the driver's privilege to drive in Virginia is suspended by the court as part of the punishment the Judge imposed on the driver as a result of his reckless driving conviction, the driver will be unable to drive with his CDL in Virginia as well.

CDL Driver's Not Eligible for Restricted License

Even if the court grants the driver a restricted license to drive to work or even during work, the driver will still be unable to drive a commercial vehicle through his CDL.

CDL Suspension Due to Accumulation of Certain Offenses

A CDL will also be suspended upon conviction of a reckless driving violation due to having committed certain prior violations.

If the driver has already been convicted of one of the following violations his CDL may be disqualified for a certain period of time (see details below):

  1. Speeding 15 or more mph over the speed limit
  2. Reckless driving
  3. Improper or erratic lane change
  4. Following too closely
  5. Commission of offense relating to motor vehicle traffic control that results in a fatality
  6. Driving a commercial motor vehicle without first obtaining a CDL or a Commercial Learner's Permit
  7. Driving a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL in the driver's immediate possession
  8. Driving a commercial motor vehicle without the proper class of commercial driver's license and/or endorsements for the specific vehicle group being operated or for the passengers or type of cargo being transported
  9. Violation of an offense related to texting while driving, regardless of whether the offense was committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle
  10. Violation of an offense relating to operating a commercial motor vehicle while using of a handheld mobile telephone

If the driver has been convicted of one of these offenses while operating a commercial vehicle within the three years prior to the commission of the reckless driving ticket his license will be suspended for 60 days (or 120 days for three prior violations.) § 46.2-341.20.

If the driver has been convicted of one of these offenses while operating a noncommercial vehicle within the three years prior to the commission of the reckless driving ticket and both the prior offense and the new reckless driving violation resulted in a suspension, or revocation of his privilege to drive his license will be suspended for 60 days (or 120 days for three prior violations.)

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