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Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations

What is the Department of Transportation?

The Department of Transportation or DOT is a department of the government that governs the transportation. The DOT was established in 1966 by the congress and began operation in 1967. The DOT is administered by the United States Secretary of Transportation and they govern the rules and things that concern the nation’s highways.

If a person has a Florida Commercial Driving License and got a citation many years ago from the Department of Transportation and does not remember if the citation wad ever resolved, how can the person find out of their Commercial Driving License is suspended in the state of Illinois for this citation?

In most cases the state of Illinois will forward any and all information regarding the citation the state of Florida where the Commercial Driving License was issued. The person would be able to call the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and give them their information and see if they may have the citation and results of the citation on file.

In the state of California, if a person owns a Honda Pries, which is a hybrid, can the person still get a sticker for their car to drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane?

In the state of California, as of 2011, the way for a person to get a sticker to drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle or carpool lane ended. The reason why California allowed the sticker to be purchased was to promote the hybrids, when the hybrids were not as popular. When it comes to the California Department of Transportation, hybrid vehicles will not qualify for the current programs that are in place because they are not zero-emissions vehicles and the programs only allow for zero-emissions vehicles.

What is the California Department of Transportation statute for speeding on a highway?

According to the California Department of Transportation Statute 22356;

“(a) Whenever the Department of Transportation, after consultation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol, determines upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey on existing highway segments, or upon the basis of appropriate design standards and projected traffic volumes in the case of newly constructed highway segments, that a speed greater than 65 miles per hour would facilitate the orderly movement of vehicular traffic and would be reasonable and safe upon any state highway, or portion thereof, that is otherwise subject to a maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour, the Department of Transportation, with the approval of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, may declare a higher maximum speed of 70 miles per hour for vehicles not subject to Section 22406, and shall cause appropriate signs to be erected giving notice thereof. The Department of Transportation shall only make a determination under this section that is fully consistent with, and in full compliance with, federal law.

(b) No person shall drive a vehicle upon that highway at a speed greater than 70 miles per hour, as posted.

(c) This section shall become operative on the date specified in subdivision (c) of Section 22366.”

The full statute can be found here;

In the state of Florida, can a DOT officer give a person a ticket for going 79 or 80 miles an hour when the officer was in front of the person the whole time?

If the Florida Department of Transportation Officer was in front of the person, then he/she was likely pacing the person’s car. If this was indeed what the officer was doing, then he/she will need to prove that the car was properly calibrated to do this and that the car was certified. If the car is neither of these things, then the person would have a defense and the ticket may possibly get dismissed. What the officer wrote the ticket for is what the officer will need to prove in court.

When it comes to driving on the highway system, they have to follow the rules of the Department of Transportation. When a person breaks the regulations that the DOT has set forth, then they may get a ticket. When the person gets the ticket, they may have questions regarding the legality of the ticket or the rules that were broken. When these questions arise the person would need to seek the advice of an Expert.
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