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Ask a Trooper: What is penalty for commercial driver's expired health card?

Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: What is the penalty for an expired health card while driving a commercial vehicle such as a tractor-trailer?

Answer: If a health card is required (vehicle over 10,000 pounds), there would be a fine if it's expired. The driver could be allowed to continue on if that's the only issue from the traffic stop.

If the driver is stopped again before the health card is current, the driver would be placed out-of-service until the health card is valid and could receive another citation.

Send your questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota to trooper@duluthnews.com or Sgt. Neil Dickenson — Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811.