Out of Service Criteria

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Effective June 17, 1994, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by making a violation of an out-of-service order by a driver of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) a disqualifying offense.  Such a violation will result in suspension, revocation, or cancellation of the driver’s commercial driver’s license (CDL), or disqualification by the FHWA, for a period of time ranging from 90 days to five years.  Civil monetary penalties are provided for both drivers and their employers.  This action is intended to deter the illegal operation of CMV’s in violation of an out-of-service order.

Disqualifying Periods

Hazardous Materials

Listed below are the special penalties pertaining to violations of out-of-service orders: