Updates crack down on impaired driving for those who operate commercial vehicles

Dec. 28, 2022

To the trucking community,

We want to let you know about changes in Oregon law effective Jan. 1, 2023. These changes will affect drivers who operate vehicles while impaired.

HB 3055 created two new DUII/implied consent conviction scenarios and now requires that DMV:

  • Suspend a person’s commercial driving privileges for implied consent if the person holds a commercial driving privilege and fails a breath or blood test with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of 0.08%, even if the person is operating motor vehicle that is not considered to be a commercial motor vehicle. (Previously a person would not receive a commercial driving privilege major offense or a specific disqualification unless the person was in a commercial vehicle.)
  • Take action against an individual’s commercial driving privileges when the individual enters into a diversion agreement but is not eligible for diversion because they held a commercial driving privilege at the time of the offense. (Previously DMV had to coordinate with the court in order to have the individual’s diversion agreement revoked and the conviction resent.)

Both of these conviction scenarios are categorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association as major convictions; are subject to mandatory disqualification periods; and will be used in assessing whether a driver is subject to a lifetime commercial driving privileges suspension.  For questions about these new laws, contact DMV Customer Assistance: (503) 945-5000 or in the Portland area, (503) 299-9999.

Thank you for continuing to be safe on our roadways.

The DMV Commercial Driving Team

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