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Examples of How Trucking is Regulated

The trucking industry is responsible for the transport of goods throughout our country. Not suprisingly, it is also an industry that must deal with heavy regulation. If you are considering entering the trucking industry, there are some very important regulations that you must understand.

As would be expected, there are regulations that deal with the necessary training that must be completed before driving a truck. For a driver to operate a longer combination vehicle, or LCV, he must pass an LCV driver training program specifically for that type of vehicle. Upon completion of the training program, the driver is issued an LCV Driver Training Certificate by a certified official of the training entity. A prerequisite to LCV training is that the driver must have completed entry level driver training.

The government also has a strong interest in making sure that commercial drivers stay healthy and practice their craft in such a way that does not endanger others. There are limits on how much a driver can drive. Following a 10 hour off duty period, a driver may not drive a property-carrying truck for more than 11 hours. Drivers who work for a company that has trucks on the road every day are not allowed to drive more than 60 hours in a seven-day period. Rules regarding driver hours tend to be very specific for different situations.

Even the act of record keeping is regulated. For example, according to regulation 379.3 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, records, reports, orders and tickets pertaining to the weighting of freight must be retained for three years. Freight waybills, which are documents issued by shipping companies to account for freight shipment of goods, must be retained for one year. In addition to retaining the documents, it is also a requirement that they be protected from flood, fire, deterioration, or any other factor that could cause the records to be destroyed. The government takes record maintenance quite seriously.

The government also regulates the operability of the equipment used on commercial trucks. One example is the requirement that all necessary lights on the truck be operational and free from obstruction. This is for the safety of the driver of the truck as well as other drivers on the road.

We've only just begun to dig into the many regulations that govern the trucking industry. To learn more about these regulations, you can read the documentation provided online by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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