California Vehicle Code - changes in commercial vehicle speeding law for 2000.
22406. (a) No person may drive any of the following vehicles on a highway at a speed in excess of 55 miles per hour: (1) A motortruck or truck tractor having three or more axles or any motortruck or truck tractor drawing any other vehicle. (2) A passenger vehicle or bus drawing any other vehicle. (3) A schoolbus transporting any school pupil. (4) A farm labor vehicle when transporting passengers. (5) A vehicle transporting explosives. (6) A trailer bus, as defined in Section 636. (b) Any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210, upon a highway at a speed exceeding a maximum speed limit established under this code by 15 miles per hour or more, is guilty of a misdemeanor. A violation of this subdivision shall be considered a "serious traffic violation," as defined in subdivision (i) of Section 15210, and shall be subject to the sanctions provided under Section 15306 or 15308, in addition to any other penalty provided by law. 15210. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, as used in this chapter: (a) "Commercial driver's license" means a driver's license issued by a state or other jurisdiction, in accordance with the standards contained in Part 383 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which authorizes the licenseholder to operate a class or type of commercial motor vehicle. (b) (1) "Commercial motor vehicle" means any vehicle or combination of vehicles which requires a class A or class B license, or a class C license with an endorsement issued pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 15278. (2) "Commercial motor vehicle" does not include any of the following: (A) A recreational vehicle, as defined in Section 799.24 of the Civil Code. (B) Military equipment operated by noncivilian personnel, which is owned or operated by the United States Department of Defense, including the National Guard, as provided in Parts 383 and 391 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. (C) An implement of husbandry operated by a person who is not required to obtain a driver's license under this code. (D) Vehicles operated by persons exempted pursuant to Section 25163 of the Health and Safety Code or a vehicle operated in an emergency situation at the direction of a peace officer pursuant to Section 2800. (c) "Controlled substance" has the same meaning as defined by the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. Sec. 802). (d) "Disqualification" means a prohibition against driving a commercial motor vehicle. (e) "Employer" means any person, including the United States, a state, or political subdivision of a state, who owns or leases a commercial motor vehicle or assigns drivers to operate such a vehicle. A person who employs himself or herself as a commercial vehicle driver is considered to be both an employer and a driver for purposes of this chapter. (f) "Felony" means an offense under state or federal law that is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. (g) "Gross combination weight rating" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the maximum loaded weight of a combination or articulated vehicle. In the absence of a value specified by the manufacturer, gross vehicle weight rating will be determined by adding the gross vehicle weight rating of the power unit and the total weight of the towed units and any load thereon. (h) "Gross vehicle weight rating" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the maximum loaded weight of a single vehicle, as defined in Section 390. (i) "Serious traffic violation" includes either of the following: (1) Excessive speeding, as defined pursuant to the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (P.L. 99-570). (2) Reckless driving, as defined pursuant to the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (P.L. 99-570). (3) A violation of any state or local law involving the safe operation of a motor vehicle, arising in connection with a fatal traffic accident. (4) Any other similar violation of a state or local law involving the safe operation of a motor vehicle, as defined pursuant to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Title XII of P.L. 99-570). In the absence of a federal definition, existing definitions under this code shall apply. (j) "State" means a state of the United States or the District of Columbia. (k) "Tank vehicle" means any commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material within a tank that is permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis, including, but not limited to, cargo tanks and portable tanks, as defined in Part 171 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This definition does not include portable tanks having a rated capacity under 1,000 gallons. 15306. No driver may operate a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 60 days if the person is convicted, on or after January 1, 1992, of a serious traffic violation involving a commercial motor vehicle and the offense occurred within three years of a separate offense of a serious traffic violation, which resulted in a conviction. 15308. No driver may operate a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 120 days if the person is convicted, on or after January 1, 1992, of a serious traffic violation involving a commercial motor vehicle and the offense occurred within three years of two or more separate offenses of serious traffic violations, which resulted in convictions.