Truck Tickets, June 2012

Beat Truck Tickets By Using A Competent Attorney
by Michael Spevack


This article will initially talk about DMV and criminal court tickets
faced by truck drivers and then by DMV and criminal court
tickets faced by owners of the truck.

The driver of a truck must comply with all regular traffic
laws such as speeding, red light, disobey a stop sign, etc.
plus additional rules which apply only to the driver of a
truck.  This article discusses only DMV and criminal
penalties that adhere to truck drivers only.  At TVB DMV
court in NYC a frequent summons received by truck drivers is
off truck route violations.  These violations are costly and
put points on the driver's license.  It is possible to get
an off truck route violation even if no sign is in the area
advising the driver that trucks are not allowed. 

There are specially designated routes that are found in the
NYC traffic rules which indicate where a truck is allowed
and what route it must follow.  It is not necessary for a
sign to prohibit truck traffic in order for a costly off
truck route violation to be sustained against the driver. 

Drivers of trucks can receive pink/red summonses to come to
criminal court for a whole host of regular violations such
as reckless driving or speeding etc.  In addition to these
criminal violations, the driver of a truck may receive a
pink summons for operating out of class (not allowed to
drive a truck of the size he or she was driving) or
knowingly driving an overweight truck etc. 

Owners of trucks may have to appear at TVB DMV court for
receiving a yellow summons in New York City or a white
summons outside the City.  Service of the summons on the
driver is deemed proper notice on the owner of the truck.
So, make sure you instruct your drivers to show you all
summonses they receive when driving the truck, so you can
sort out whether they belong to the driver or to you. 

Owners can also receive pink summonses (in NYC) (or white
summonses in other parts of NYS) made out to the corporation
that owns the truck.  In NYC, the corporation cannot appear
by an officer or manager but must appear by an attorney.
Some criminal summonses are quite costly and can run into
the thousands of dollars.