When I obtain the CDL in Utah, the CDL manual states that CMV is only not allowed in left lanes on multiple lane highway when posted prohabiting CMV.
Traffic tickets for a CDL holder are particularly serious because of the negative effects tickets can have on employment, insurance, and your privilege to drive. You should contact a CA traffic ticket lawyer for assistance in keeping this offense off your record.
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In California, the rule is that tractor-trailer trucks are only allowed in the far 2 right lanes of a multi-lane freeway. If the road only has 2 lanes, the tractor-trailer is only allowed in the far right lane. I am not sure, but I believe a tractor-trailer can go in to other lanes temporarily to change lanes, avoid obstructions, etc. Tractor-trailer trucks are also only limited to 55 mph while regular vehicle traffic is subject to the 65 mph limit. Regular vehicles towing a trailer are also limited to 55 mph.
Enforcement of the law varies. In my area (northern California), the law is not enforced often. There are more ports and warehouses in the southern California area so maybe the law is enforced more rigorously there.
I am also not sure how this law is enforced against those like yourself who are licensed in other states. You should try to find a traffic lawyer familiar with this rule since I imagine that any violations at all could adversely affect your commercial driver license and your livelihood.
Hope that helps.
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