Committing railroad-crossing violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle

What kinds of violations will disqualify me?

Whether or not you will be disqualified from holding a Commercial Driver License (CDL) depends on the requirements placed on you while you're driving a commercial vehicle and which violation you commit.

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 are not 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 $35 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. We will send you the form to request a review with your notice of disqualification.

Related laws

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

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