If arrested while driving a commercial vehicle, you may have your license taken away but be given a temporary driving permit. A Commerical Drivers License (CDL) is necessary to legally operate commercial vehicles such as tow trucks, buses and tractor trailers. If you have had your CDL revoked as a result of a DUI charge, you will want it reinstated as soon as possible as your income is at stake and your job depends on it.
A CDL is directly related to your employment and if it is taken away, you risk more than just a mark on your driving record. The legal blood alcohol limit is different for drivers of commercial vehicles. You may be arrested if you display a .04 or higher vs .08 percent for non-CDL drivers age 21 and above.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the current laws in Florida are:
- Persons convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04 or above: driving a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or refusing to submit to a test to determine the alcohol concentration while driving a commercial motor vehicle, driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, or driving a commercial motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance shall be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 1 year.
- Second or subsequent conviction of any of the above offenses arising out of separate incidents will result in a permanent disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
- There are no provisions for persons disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle to obtain a hardship (business or employment) license to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
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