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New York Senate bill would clamp down on trucking violations

"One of the most frequent quality of life complaints my office receives is illegal truck traffic ... Despite previous legislative efforts that have increased the penalties issued for truck route violations, many trucking companies and drivers disregard these fines as merely the cost of doing business."

Those were the words of New York State Senator Tony Avella, D-Bayside, who has introduced a bill in the Senate that would take oversized trucks off the road if a driver has been convicted three or more times of driving outside of designated truck routes. If passed, the bill would also increase fines for multiple oversized trucking violations.

The bill would certainly have an impact, since trucking companies and drivers could not afford to have their trucks - their livelihoods - seized. Trucking companies that have turned the other way would potentially start to hold drivers responsible for driving in residential areas. This could impact a trucker's ability to drive and maintain his commercial driver's license (CDL).

New York has always held individuals with CDLs to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. For example, if a commercial driver is caught speeding in his or her personal car, the driver's CDL will be affected and his or her employers will hear about it. Certain convictions can lead to the suspension or revocation of a CDL.

No matter what your charges or what the changes in the law, a lawyer experienced in traffic violations can help you fight to keep your truck, protect your CDL and maintain a clean driving record.

Learn more about defending commercial truck tickets by visiting our page on New York CDL traffic violations.

Source: FleetOwner, "NY senator wants to seize trucks not on designated truck routes," Deborah Whistler, Oct. 11, 2012

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