Attorney Warns Change in Florida Law Places CDLs at Greater Risk

June 19, 2014

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A Florida attorney is warning truck driver commercial licenses have been placed at further risk due to a change in Florida law.

Chris Carson, of Dale Carson Law in Jacksonville, said since early January, if a person holding a commercial driver’s license receives a moving violation and is found guilty, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will no longer allow judges to withhold the points from the driver’s license.

“This means points will always be assessed if a CDL holder is found guilty of a moving violation. Since truckers are also prohibited from attending traffic school...a traffic citation could result in a commercial license being suspended or revoked, insurance costs rising significantly, and even the loss of a job,” he said in a release.

Prior to the law change, truckers could appear in court and oftentimes, convince the judge to withhold points. Under the new law, a complete dismissal is the only acceptable outcome for most CDL holders, he said.

 “This law will take many commercial drivers off the streets permanently if they are found guilty in the state of Florida,” Carson said. “Under the new law, all moving violations now have dramatic consequences for CDL holders.”


  1. 1. Ron [ June 20, 2014 @ 05:34AM ]

    Good luck. On getting freight. Hauled. to and from florida.

  2. 2. Dave [ June 20, 2014 @ 06:27AM ]

    I guess they haven't heard about the driver shortage...

  3. 3. Dave [ June 20, 2014 @ 06:29AM ]

    I guess they haven't heard about the driver shortage...

  4. 4. haller [ June 20, 2014 @ 04:34PM ]

    Personally, I feel if you answered a trucking ad in any foreign country to come to America for the big bucks of truck driving, and arrive here in America owing $12,000 to an employment broker, you don't speak English or American, you somehow acquire a CDL, get hired by a BIG TRUCKING CO. then your a better truck driver then any American because you have a clean record. So have at it crazy person who thinks all Americans are stupid, get on those American Highways with a 80,000 lb. truck and run us over, BIG AMERICAN BUSINESS loves you....

  5. 5. Barja [ June 21, 2014 @ 09:03AM ]

    Sadly in most of the U.S. I've noticed that more than half of the trucks on American highways and interstates are no longer operated by red-blooded American truckers. Many truckers today hail from other countries such as middle east, Europe, Asia and other parts. Because it is supposed to be a requirement that in order to obtain a CDL in the U.S. that you had to read, speak, and comprehend the English language must mean that the majority of these truck operators from other countries driving on U.S. roads are in fact driving with fake CDL's. With states like Florida and Indiana among others who have changed their point system for commercial drivers, even more American truckers will be forced out opening the door even wider for even more foreign drivers with fake licenses operating on U.S. roads. Be it here in the Midwest or out on the west coast, I'm seeing a trend that is very disturbing at the extreme. The foreign drivers know that if motor carrier inspectors or police take their fake licenses, they can just go out and buy new fake licenses and get right back behind the wheel of commercial trucks and continue their carnage on our highways. Something needs to change and quick. Almost 100% of truck operators with California and Illinois addresses on their doors are non-Americans. That's a fact Jack.

  6. 6. Steve [ June 21, 2014 @ 10:04AM ]

    What's good for one should be good for the other. Why is it only CDL holders are singled out and held to a higher standard. A bad driver is a bad driver, CDL or not. Either all licensed drivers should be held accountable according to the law, or none should be.

  7. 7. BarbRRB [ June 23, 2014 @ 06:03AM ]

    Another stab in the back for drivers. The next 10 years for the trucking industry is looking awful. Good luck when you cannot get freight delivered.


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