Federal Trucking Regulations
August 18, 2021
As commercial trucks have an overwhelming potential to create extensive harm, injuries, and fatalities during truck accidents, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, establishes and enforces hundreds of federal laws and regulations designed to reduce the risks of truck accidents and injuries. Although the FMCSA aims to protect the safety of others who share the roads and highways with these massive machines, many truck drivers and trucking companies frequently place others in danger when they fail or refuse to abide by these regulations.
Although there are numerous FMCSA regulations in place, the laws that most directly relate to public safety concern the conduct of truck drivers and the duties and obligations of trucking companies.
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Some of these federal regulations include the following:
- Truck Driver Regulations: Drivers of commercial vehicles are required by law to abide by various regulations. Most importantly, they are also required to have adequate driver and safety training, as well as regular drug tests. Drivers are also held to strict alcohol policies and must comply with hours-of-service-regulations. These hours-of-service regulations are designed to reduce the risks associated with tired and overworked drivers. Regulations include strict driving limits, mandatory breaks and rest periods, and required limits for the time a driver must spend on and off-duty.
- Trucking Company Regulations: Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all FMCSA rules and regulations are met. From conducting extensive checks on drivers to ensuring that vehicles are routinely maintained, the responsibilities of trucking companies are directly linked to public safety. In the event that trucking companies fail to meet any of these laws and accidents occur, they can be held fully liable for the damages injured victims suffer.
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