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State Rules and Regulations for Intrastate Trucking

Trucks are subject to a variety of rules and regulations above and beyond what most motor vehicles must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established rules and regulations that apply to all trucks and commercial vehicles that travel across state lines. The state of Florida also has its own rules and regulations for intrastate trucking.

If you are injured in a truck accident and the driver broke safety rules, this creates the presumption of negligence. Associates and Bruce L Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, can help truck accident victims understand regulations applicable to truckers and to pursue a claim for compensation following a serious or fatal collision. Call 800-646-1210 today for help with your Southwest Florida trucking accidents claims.

Florida State Rules for Intrastate Trucking 495

Intrastate trucking rules apply to trucks that travel within the state of Florida. This includes dump trucks; fire trucks; garbage trucks; water and gas trucks; and construction vehicles.

As the Florida Department of Transportation makes clear, Florida is not a port of entry state. This means that all permits for commercial motor vehicles traveling within the state must be purchased prior to entering. Permits for trucks are not sold at scales in the state, except in cases of violations.

Florida has passed a variety of regulations applicable to commercial motor vehicles operating in the state. For example:

  • Florida requires intrastate trucks to be registered with the Department of Transportation. Trucks must display either a valid US DOT number or a valid Florida registration number.
  • Florida requires trucks to have a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fuel decal if the vehicle has a combined gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or if the truck has more than three axles.
  • Florida has adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations found in parts 390-397 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations relate to licensing, fueling precautions, limitations on the use of electronic devices, and prohibited practices.
  • Florida requires safety inspections to be conducted by law enforcement personnel or authorized agents at weigh stations and roadsides. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance procedures will be used to inspect both the driver and the vehicle.
  • Motor carriers in Florida are subject to periodic compliance reviews to be conducted at the carrier’s principal place of business. Reviews may cover vehicle maintenance records and alcohol testing requirements, in addition to general compliance with regulations.

These are just some of the myriad requirements set forth by Florida DOT. An experienced trucking accident attorney will review Florida laws to determine if the trucker and/or trucking company violated state or federal law. In some cases, such investigation can uncover additional acts of negligent or illegal behavior that caused or contributed to collision.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has been representing victims in trucking accidents for four decades. We charge no legal fees for representation unless we win. Call 800-646-1210 today to schedule your free consultation. Let our family fight for your family!

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