Trucking accidents are a common cause of serious injury and death on the roads of Texas each year. Not all trucking accidents are avoidable and not all are caused by the driver of the truck. Today, we take a look at the federal trucking regulations that govern commercial trucks operating on the roads of not just Texas, but the entire country.
The federal agency that makes the laws, rules and governs the trucking industry in the country is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The laws created by the FMCSA regarding trucks were done so in order to create a safer environment and protect truck drivers, pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles.
Truck drivers are legally allowed to have just one license and it must be issued by the driver’s home state. The license can only be issued after the driver proves the required knowledge and other skills. Drivers of hazmat trucks will have to pass additional tests and show additional skills.
Truck drivers are required to undergo a physical exam every two years. Should the driver fail this test, he or she would not be allowed to operate a truck. No truck driver is permitted to come to work with a blood alcohol content of 0.02 or higher. Drivers are also not allowed to carry alcohol with them while operating a truck, unless it is part of their shipment. Drivers cannot have alcohol or drugs in the eight hours prior to a driving shift.
Under new workload hours, truck drivers are permitted to drive a maximum of 11 hours in a 14-hour workday. After they hit this limit they must take a minimum of 10 hours off from driving. Truck drivers are legally required to keep a log of their hours behind the wheel and at work in general.
Trucks are required to have various markings, including their USDOT numbers, Hazmat markings and more.
Visit our site today to learn more about federal trucking regulations and how they relate to trucking accidents in Houston, Texas.