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WisDOT warns commercial drivers of 2010 changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The new year will bring some serious changes for Wisconsin’s commercial drivers.

Beginning Jan. 1, drivers can face a two-year disqualification if the state Division of Motor Vehicles learns the driver has failed to appear to contest a citation, pay a judgment or comply with court penalties.

Drivers who commit two operating while out-of-service violations will face a two-year disqualification, up from one year, and drivers who commit three violations will get a three-year disqualification, up from two years. Forfeitures for operating while ordered out of service also will increase.

According to the state Transportation Department, the changes were included in the state budget. They’re designed to bring Wisconsin statutes in line with federal regulations.

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