The federal government has many trucking regulations in place to help make sure that items are transported safely and that people are kept safe while trucks are on the roads. The regulations do change regularly, so it’s not surprising that there are some new trucking regulations for 2022.
Three federal agencies are in control of trucking regulations. These include the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. DOT is responsible for overseeing both the NHTSA and FMCSA. Sometimes, regulations come directly from this federal cabinet department.
Then, the FMCSA is responsible for regulations that focus on reducing the number of fatalities, injuries and accidents seen involving buses and large trucks, while the NHTSA focuses on transportation safety.
Together, these agencies take steps to make sure the roads are safe for everyone.
2022 updates in federal trucking regulations
There are many updates, but a few stick out as important for reducing collisions or injuries. At the start of 2022, the enhanced driver training regulations set by the FMCSA went into effect. These require a comprehensive training program for all drivers seeking Class A or B licensing.
Commercial trucks have to be registered with DOT as of 2022, and drivers have to update their information annually with most states. This includes showing a valid commercial driver’s license.
To reduce drunk driving, DOT’s drug and alcohol testing requirements are in place requiring random drug testing or proof of compliance at least once every 12 months.
The government aims to reduce crashes, but drivers have to be responsible
Trucks are dangerous because they are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. Truck drivers are aware of this, but many still make mistakes that put themselves or others in harm’s way. It’s important that you understand your rights if you’re involved in a collision, because you are a victim who deserves support.
If you’re hit by a truck, you deserve an opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver. There may also be other parties you can claim against, helping you get the most compensation possible.