Interested in Funded CDL In-State Education for Your Judges?

Did you know?

  • Each state has to adhere to its own commercial driver’s licensing laws and commercial motor vehicle regulations based on federal regulations.
  • Federal highway funds for each state are tied to the adherence of these laws; however, most traffic judges are unaware of all the nuances regarding its state’s CDL/CMV laws.
  • In 2011, 3,852 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes on our nation’s highways, resulting in 4,018 fatalities.
  • A pickup truck pulling a back hoe is considered a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL license if the gross combination weight or gross combination weight rating of both units exceeds 26,000 lbs. and the towed unit exceeds 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight or gross vehicle weight rating.

To promote judicial understanding of these laws, the NJC, through a generous grant from the FMCSA, is pleased to offer uniquely designed, state-specific judicial education traffic courses in a variety of program lengths. The NJC can design courses in full-day, half-day, or two-hour increments. The NJC offers CDL/CMV education sessions that are held in conjunction with individual state judicial education programs or conferences, and stand-alone judicial education programs held within requesting states. Here are some of the topics we offer:


Teaching time: 1-2 hours

A “state must not mask, defer imposition of judgment, or allow an individual to enter into a diversion program that would prevent a CDL driver’s conviction for any violation” from showing on the driver’s license recorder. But what actions constitute “masking” and how can a judge avoid it?

After this session, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss what is meant by “masking” in 49 CFR § 484.226
  2. Identify the safety-related reasons for defining “masking” as they are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations
  3. Describe how the prohibition on masking could impact your court or administrative tribunal

Ethics: Your Role in Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

Teaching time: 1-2 hours

There is a correlation between serious and major traffic violations and the threat that serious and major CDL violators pose to the public safety on our streets and highways. As judges, your mission is to uphold and advance the rule of law by providing substantive and procedural due process. Do you want a disqualified CDL driver driving your kids’ school bus? This session will describe a judges’ ethical obligations under the Code for Judicial Conduct in cases involving enforcement of commercial driver’s license laws and enforcement, as well as a judge’s obligations under federal law (as adopted by each state) to avoid “masking” in the enforcement of commercial driver’s license cases.

After this session, you will be able to:

  1. Improve the quality of justice in your traffic court
  2. Promote a better perception of your court by adhering to the highest standards of judicial conduct
  3. Discuss the ever changing role of the judge


If you are interested in receiving CDL in-state programing for your judges, please contact NJC Judicial Education Manager, Bryan Walker at or (775) 327-8274.