The trucking industry is an estimated $700 billion industry according to the American Trucking Association. With billions of trucks on the road transporting a variety of goods, products, and materials, it is no wonder that the industry has hit a high point. But with so much commercial truck traffic, there must be regulations, rules, and laws in place. So who is in charge of enforcing these regulations? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, they have the power to regulate both truck drivers and their vehicles.
The Federal Highway Administration also plays a major in role in helping ensure trucks comply with federal regulations on the size and weight of commercial vehicles.
Regulations Put in Place by FMCSA
There are numerous regulations in place to help keep the roads safe, especially with the amount of traffic these larger vehicles can create. The FMCSA has rules on the types of places commercial truckers can drive, how long they can be on the road, and how far they can drive. They even enforce stricter regulations on driving under the influence than typical state laws. Other matters that are monitored by the FMCSA include the width, weight, and length of trucks. Their job is to ensure they are properly loaded and safe to be traveling on the road with other vehicles.
Some general things that the FMCSA focuses on include:
- Road worthiness of trucks and trailers
- Hours of service
- Alcohol and drug use
- Safe operation of trucks
Their overall goal is to prevent commercial vehicle-related accidents. As mentioned, the Federal Highway Administration also provides assistance with enforcing federal weight and size regulations.
What Power Do Individual States Have?
In addition to the FMCSA and the Federal Highway Administration, each state has its own regulatory bodies that can enforce various traffic laws including licensing, registration, and other state-specific laws. While some states only enforce laws that affect drivers within their boarders, others have the power to enforce interstate regulations. In most states, the Department of Motor Vehicles will have regulatory power for general matters like vehicle registration.
Who to Turn to When You’ve Been Hurt
If you have been involved in a truck accident that you believe was caused by the negligent behavior or violations of a truck driver, do not hesitate to call us. We are here to help you pursue the fair outcome you deserve. At Arnold & Itkin, we always make sure our clients come first, going above and beyond to secure the best possible outcome.
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