When you rely on your driver’s license for your job in South Carolina, any impact on your driving privileges can have detrimental consequences. Because you operate a commercial vehicle, you agree to a superior standard of responsible and vigilant driving practices.
Having too many tickets or accumulating too many points on your driving record can jeopardize your CDL license and subsequently affect your job stability.
Maintaining a good record
Many companies that employ commercial vehicle drivers will require you to undergo a background check as part of the hiring process. This may include an assessment of your driving record including any prior traffic violations you have. If they notice anything concerning on your record, they may bypass you altogether. According to Alltrucking.com, the impact of a ticket on your license depends on the type of ticket you receive.
Serious infractions including DUI are grounds for immediate revocation of your CDL license. Depending on the circumstances, this suspension could remain in effect for months, years or for life. Getting too many tickets can also end up costing you your license. Laws regarding how many tickets are too many within a certain time frame vary by state.
Correcting a bad situation
Hearing that your CDL license is in peril can cause stress. Depending on your situation, you may have the option of petitioning for a hardship license to have your driving privileges reinstated for work purposes. You can also assess your options for attending and completing a driver education course. With verified completion of an approved course, the number of points on your record may drop enough that you can have your driving privileges back.