Federal Trucking Regulations in New York

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Truck drivers in the United States are required to adhere to certain federal regulations in order to obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). These federal mandates establish specific rules regarding maximum drivable hours, proper cargo securing techniques, alcohol & drug usage, and vehicle maintenance guidelines. Failure to adhere to these established rules can increase a driver’s risk of causing a collision, resulting in horrific injuries and sometimes death to the involved parties. If you should ever be hurt in a collision with a noncompliant truck driver, an experienced Kingston truck accident attorney from Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. can help you seek compensation for your suffering.

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Trucking Regulations: Keeping the Roads Safe

Truck drivers must ahere to the following guidelines at all times:

  • Hours of Service: Commercial drivers are limited in the amount of hours that they are allowed to drive per day and per week. Generally speaking, most drivers are only allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours per day and 70 hours per week. In addition, drivers must take a 30 minute break at some point within the first 8 hours of their shift. If a driver reaches any of these limits, they must be off duty for a minimum of 10 hours before resuming work.
  • Alcohol & Drugs: Truck drivers are held to an extremely strict standard regarding drug and alcohol use. A commercial driver can receive a DUI if they are caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more. Driving under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs is similarly prohibited.
  • Weight limits: In most cases, trucks are allowed to have a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds. These weight caps are designed to help minimize the possibility of lost cargo, maintain the durability of the nation’s roads, and keep the roads safe.
  • Maintenance: Commercial vehicles must be inspected and maintained frequently to anticipate mechanical failures. This includes frequently examining truck hitches, brakes, cargo fasteners, headlights, and windshield wipers.

What is an Electronic Onboard Recording Device (EOBR)?

In order to maintain accountability in regards to hours of service limits, truck drivers are required to record their hours driven and submit it to their employer. Paper log books have traditionally been used, though recent years have brought the introduction of electronic onboard recording devices (EOBRs).

While a log book can easily be filled out in a less-than-truthful manner, an EOBR can display accurate data about a driver’s hours driven by monitoring exactly when the vehicle was in motion. In the event of a collision, these devices can provide invaluable proof as to whether or not a truck driver was in violation of federal regulations. Noncompliant truck drivers are highly likely to be held liable for any damages they cause in the event of an accident.

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