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Legislation in Texas on Truck

Large commercial vehicles, especially large, semi-and-wheel-drive trucks, often pose serious dangers on Texas roads and are therefore highly regulated. These vehicles cause some of the most devastating collisions because, in truck transport, time is money and drivers are often under pressure to meet delivery deadlines along with long and exhausting working hours.

What Texas law is a truck considering

Larger vehicles are subject to strict safety regulations enacted by the U.S. government and individual states to protect the public from drivers of negligent and untrained trucks.

The Federal Regulations on the Safety of Automobilees (FMCSR) apply to vehicles that:

  • Participate in interstate trade
  • They weigh more than 10,000 pounds
  • Transporting hazardous materials
  • At least eight people are transported

However, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Autoport Security Regulations apply to commercial vehicles that:

  • Participate in intra-state trade
  • They deliver goods within the state
  • They weigh 26,000 pounds or more
  • It’s an agricultural vehicle weighing 48,000 pounds or more.
  • Transport more than 15 people
  • They transport fluids or hazardous materials

What documents a truck needs

Commercial companies in Texas

Commercial truck companies in Texas are required by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Automobile Safety Administration (FMCSA) to maintain:

  • minimum liability insurance coverage for each of its registered vehicles and also
  • coverage of bodily injury, property damage and environmental restoration.

Truck drivers in Texas

In addition to vehicle protection, drivers must also be covered in the event of an accident.

  • If the driver is an employee, he must ideally be covered by the truck company’s insurance policy.
  • Independent contractors must have their primary liability policy along with commercial liability insurance coverage.

Truck companies in Texas

Under the insurance policy, a trucking company should also cover aspects such as civil liability not related to trucks, cargo insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, physical damage, accidental coverage, rent refund and more.

What documents a truck driver needs

Truck drivers are responsible for transporting more than 70 percent of the goods in the United States. In order to be a commercial driver, the first thing that is required is to obtain the commercial apprentice Permit (CLP), followed by obtaining the Commercial Driver License (CDL). In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • Having at least 18 years to drive at state borders, 21 years to drive from state to state.
  • A clean driving record
  • State residence test
  • A Social Security Number
  • Safe test
  • Pass regular drug testing and medical examinations.
  • Passing a background check

There are three kinds of commercial driving license: Class A, B or C.

The type of license you choose will depend to a large extent on the type of work you plan to do as a commercial vehicle operator.

Class A: Class A gives you access to many types of commercial trucks, including tractocamiones and platforms. This type of license is considered the most complete option.

Class B: Class B operators drive school buses and public transport vehicles.

Class C: Any individual vehicle weighing less than 26,001 pounds is included in Group C, or any vehicle that trailers another vehicle not exceeding 10,000 pounds.

Laws or rules on trucks

Federal Truck Law

Truckers are governed by the Federal Transportation Safety Regulations, or FMCSR, which set the standard of care for Texas state drivers.

The FMCSR was drafted specifically to regulate the national care standard for road transport companies and the operation of commercial trucks. These rules are imposed by the Federal Transportation Security Administration, as well as by state law enforcement, whose mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths involving large trucks and buses.

The rules may be quite specific, but many of these regulations set general guidelines for the professional and safe operation of commercial trucks. Some of the guidelines in the FMCSR include the following topics:

  • Avoid fatigue of truck driver
  • Manage defensive
  • Avoid rear collisions
  • Make proper turns to the left
  • Avoiding the cargo moving in transit

Texas’ law on trucks

Texas rules apply to aspects of truck transportation, such as the registration of commercial fleets, size and weight limits on Texas roads, the permit for large and overweight cargoes, and restrictions when large or super-heavy loads can be moved within the state. Texas has also incorporated nearly all of the FMCSA’s regulations for commercial truck operations within the state.

Texas also establishes traffic rules and regulations on how vehicles can operate on the state’s roads and highways, and regulates the issuance of commercial driver licenses to truck drivers who reside or work in the state.

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