Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 522.081
Disqualification


(a)

This subsection applies to a violation committed while operating any motor vehicle, including a commercial motor vehicle. A person who holds a commercial drivers license or commercial learners permit is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for:

(1)

60 days if convicted of:

(A)

two serious traffic violations that occur within a three-year period; or

(B)

one violation of a law that regulates the operation of a motor vehicle at a railroad grade crossing; or

(2)

120 days if convicted of:

(A)

three serious traffic violations arising from separate incidents occurring within a three-year period; or

(B)

two violations of a law that regulates the operation of a motor vehicle at a railroad grade crossing that occur within a three-year period.

(b)

Except as provided by this subsection, this subsection applies to a violation committed while operating any type of motor vehicle, including a commercial motor vehicle. A person who holds a commercial drivers license or commercial learners permit is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year:

(1)

if convicted of three violations of a law that regulates the operation of a motor vehicle at a railroad grade crossing that occur within a three-year period;

(2)

on first conviction of:

(A)

driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, including a violation of Section 49.04 (Driving While Intoxicated), 49.045 (Driving While Intoxicated With Child Passenger), or 49.07 (Intoxication Assault), Penal Code;

(B)

leaving the scene of an accident involving a motor vehicle driven by the person;

(C)

using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony, other than a felony described by Subsection (d)(2);

(D)

causing the death of another person through the negligent or criminal operation of a motor vehicle; or

(E)

driving a commercial motor vehicle while the persons commercial drivers license or commercial learners permit is revoked, suspended, or canceled, or while the person is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle, for an action or conduct that occurred while operating a commercial motor vehicle;

(3)

for refusing to submit to a test under Chapter 724 (Implied Consent) to determine the persons alcohol concentration or the presence in the persons body of a controlled substance or drug while operating a motor vehicle in a public place; or

(4)

if an analysis of the persons blood, breath, or urine under Chapter 522 (Commercial Drivers Licenses), 524 (Administrative Suspension of Drivers License for Failure to Pass Test for Intoxication), or 724 (Implied Consent) determines that the person:

(A)

had an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more, or that a controlled substance or drug was present in the persons body, while operating a commercial motor vehicle in a public place; or

(B)

had an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more while operating a motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle, in a public place.

(c)

A person who holds a commercial drivers license is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for three years if:

(1)

the person:

(A)

is convicted of an offense listed in Subsection (b)(2) and the vehicle being operated by the person was transporting a hazardous material required to be placarded; or

(B)

refuses to submit to a test under Chapter 724 (Implied Consent) to determine the persons alcohol concentration or the presence in the persons body of a controlled substance or drug while operating a motor vehicle in a public place and the vehicle being operated by the person was transporting a hazardous material required to be placarded; or

(2)

an analysis of the persons blood, breath, or urine under Chapter 522 (Commercial Drivers Licenses), 524 (Administrative Suspension of Drivers License for Failure to Pass Test for Intoxication), or 724 (Implied Consent) determines that while transporting a hazardous material required to be placarded the person:

(A)

while operating a commercial motor vehicle in a public place had an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more, or a controlled substance or drug present in the persons body; or

(B)

while operating a motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle, in a public place had an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

(d)

A person is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for life:

(1)

if the person is convicted two or more times of an offense specified by Subsection (b)(2), or a combination of those offenses, arising from two or more separate incidents;

(2)

if the person uses a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving:

(A)

the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance; or

(B)

possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance;

(3)

for any combination of two or more of the following, arising from two or more separate incidents:

(A)

a conviction of the person for an offense described by Subsection (b)(2);

(B)

a refusal by the person described by Subsection (b)(3); and

(C)

an analysis of the persons blood, breath, or urine described by Subsection (b)(4); or

(4)

if the person uses a motor vehicle in the commission of an offense under 8 U.S.C. Section 1324 that involves the transportation, concealment, or harboring of an alien.

(e)

A person may not be issued a commercial drivers license or a commercial learners permit and is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if, in connection with the persons operation of a commercial motor vehicle, the person commits an offense or engages in conduct that would disqualify the holder of a commercial drivers license from operating a commercial motor vehicle, or is determined to have had an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more or to have had a controlled substance or drug present in the persons body. The period of prohibition under this subsection is equal to the appropriate period of disqualification required by Subsections (a)-(d).

(f)

In this section, “felony” means an offense under state or federal law that is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term of more than one year.

(g)

A person who holds a commercial drivers license or commercial learners permit is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if the persons driving is determined to constitute an imminent hazard under 49 C.F.R. Section 383.52. The disqualification is for the disqualification period imposed under that section and shall be noted on the persons driving record.

(h)

A disqualification imposed under Subsection (g) must run concurrently with any imminent hazard disqualification that is then currently in effect.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 941, Sec. 10, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 991, Sec. 7, eff. June 1, 2005; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 8.02, eff. June 1, 2005.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 357 (S.B. 1257), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 424 (S.B. 1372), Sec. 10, eff. January 1, 2008.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146 (H.B. 2730), Sec. 18.01, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 752 (H.B. 1888), Sec. 31, eff. January 1, 2016.
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