Good News for Commercial Drivers

 

One of our sponsored bills was signed.

AB 1888 (Gatto) would allow commercial drivers who get a ticket in their personal vehicle to attend traffic school every eighteen months to eliminate a “point” from being placed on their record.

This is a big deal because federal law, until recently, prevented commercial drivers from in any way masking citations or attending traffic school. The US DOT issued an advisory opinion allowing states to let commercial drivers who get a ticket in their private vehicle (not the commercial vehicle) to eliminate the point associated with the violation by attending traffic school.

This could stop a driver from sliding into “negligent operator status,” which could result in a license suspension and loss of employment.

The Teamsters actually co-sponsored this with the California Trucking Association, in a rare show of labor-management cooperation.