Federal Trucking Regulations
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When a truck or large commercial vehicle collides with a passenger vehicle,
passengers may suffer
catastrophic injuries, and in the worst cases, death. For this reason, it is crucial that commercial
vehicle companies and companies that use these large automobiles abide
by all regulations laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA). These restrictions and federal laws are designed to keep drivers
safe at all times.
Regulations are in place for public safety and are designed to prevent
some of the most common causes of accidents, including:
- Tired drivers
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly loaded vehicles
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Drunk or drugged drivers
If a commercial vehicle company or a driver fails to abide by any of the
restrictions and causes harm to another driver or individual, that company
or driver may be held accountable for their negligent, reckless, or careless acts.
If you were injured in an accident involving a truck or commercial vehicle,
call our Philadelphia truck accident lawyers right away. Our team can
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Hours of Service Regulations
Hours of Service Regulations apply to any commercial vehicle (CMV) that
is used for business or that is involved in interstate commerce and can
be described by any of the following descriptions:
- Has a weight of 10,001 lbs. or more
- The vehicle has a gross combination weight rating of 10,001 lbs. or more
- The vehicle is designed to carry 16 passengers not for compensation
- The vehicle is designed to carry nine or more passengers for compensation
- The vehicle is designed to transport hazardous materials in a quantity
that requires placards
Vehicles that fall into any of the above categories must abide by specific
hours of service regulations, which are listed below:
- Truck drivers may not drive in excess of 11 hours a day.
- Drivers must take a mandatory 10 hours (consecutive hours) off duty before
Drivers may not drive beyond the 14th hour on duty even If they did not drive the full 11 hours.
- Drivers may drive if 8 or less than 8 hours have passed since the driver’s
last off-duty period or sleeper berth period of 30 minutes.
- Drivers are not permitted to drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7 out of
8 consecutive days. (A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period
if they take 34 or more consecutive hours to fulfill an off-duty period.)
- Drivers are required to spend at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth and
an additional 2 consecutive hours off duty, in the sleeper berth, or any
combination of the two.
These hours of operation regulations are designed to keep roads and drivers
safe. Limiting the amount of time a trucker can spend behind the wheel
can prevent truck drivers and commercial vehicle drivers from falling
asleep at the wheel, losing focus, or becoming easily distracted. Drivers
who fail to abide by the hours of operation can face serious criminal charges.
In addition, it is important to note that
hours of service regulations are different for commercial vehicles carrying passengers.
Commercial Vehicle Weight Restrictions
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal
Highway Administration, there is a national
weight standard system that applies to all commercial trucks traveling on the Interstate Highway
System. This highway system spans nearly 40,000 miles throughout the U.S.
Although states may create their own weight standards for trucks and other
commercial vehicles while the vehicles are not operating on the Interstate
all trucks and CMVs operating on the Interstate Highway System must abide
by the following:
- If the truck or CMV is a single-axle vehicle, the weight of the vehicle
may not exceed 20,000 lbs.
- If the truck of CMV is a tandem-axle vehicle, the weight of the vehicle
may not exceed 34,000 lbs.
- The total gross vehicle weight may not exceed 80,000 lbs.
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