Federal trucking laws are put in place to protect everyone who travels on the road. There are dozens of regulations that affect truck drivers, the truck itself, as well as the company that owns the trucks enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Federal laws give the government oversight when it comes to issues like mandatory drug testing, transportation of hazardous materials, and the authority to shut down trucking companies that have many violations until those violations are corrected.
Federal trucking laws play a large role in determining who may be responsible for truck accidents. The truck accident attorney at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. in Orlando, Florida have the knowledge and experience necessary to understand these federal trucking laws, and help you and your family if you have been involved in a truck accident.
Commercial Driver’s License
Every commercial truck driver must qualify for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This requires special training and testing. There are different levels of CDL that determine what size truck you can drive, or if you may carry hazardous or dangerous cargo. These are strict regulations put forth by the federal government.
Hours of Service
Hours of service (HOS) are put in place to keep fatigued truck drivers off the road as much as possible. HOS determines how many continuous hours a driver may be on the highway before he or she needs to take a day off. All drivers must rest between long stretches of transporting goods.
When a truck driver breaks the HOS regulation, they are punished with fines and other consequences. However, their company also has responsibility when it comes to HOS.
Truck drivers keep a log book that includes entries on how much time is spent on the road. Unrealistic schedules given to the drivers by the trucking company often requires that the driver break the law. Falsification of the log or actively breaking the HOS regulations may occur.
In addition to a CDL and HOS, truck drivers must pass random drug and alcohol tests, pass a yearly driving exam, and get a physical every two years. All of these federal trucking regulations may seem burdensome to the trucking companies and the truck drivers, but they are put in place to keep the highways and roadways safe from dangerous trucking conditions.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident in the Orlando, Florida area, please contact Best Law Firm Florida P.A. for a free consultation today.