CDL suspensions: Committing railroad-crossing violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle

What kinds of violations will result in this type of disqualification?

  • All drivers:
    • Failing to have enough space to drive completely through the crossing without stopping.
    • Failing to obey a traffic control device or the directions of an enforcement officer at the crossing.
    • Failing to cross the tracks because of insufficient undercarriage clearance.
  • Drivers who aren’t always required to stop:
    • Failing to slow down and check that the tracks are clear of an approaching train.
    • Failing to stop before reaching the crossing, if the tracks aren’t clear.
  • Drivers who are always required to stop:
    • Failing to stop before driving onto the crossing.

How long will my license be disqualified?

  • First violation: 60 days
  • Second violation: 120 days
  • Third violation: 1 year

How do I re-qualify?

  • Pay a $20 re-qualification fee.
  • If disqualified for 1 year or more, pass the Commercial Driver License (CDL) knowledge and driving tests.
  • For a hazardous materials endorsement, pass a separate knowledge test. (We also may require you to show us a letter from the Transportation Security Administration stating you passed their background check.)

Can I appeal the disqualification?

You may request an administrative review.

Related laws

RCW 46.25.090(8): Disqualification — Grounds for, period of — Records.

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