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