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Michigan Trucking Laws Guide

How federal trucking laws and regulations apply to Michigan

Trucking laws and regulations are federal, meaning that truck rules are set by the federal government for every state in the US to follow which includes Michigan. Below is a summary of the agencies and laws for the industry.

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Michigan Trucking Laws Set By The Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration was formed in the early 1980s in an effort to curb the unacceptable number of truck accidents throughout the nation. The movement for increased safety of commercial large trucks led the federal government to focus on issues such as truck driver licensing, fatigue, hours of service, unsafe loading and minimum operating requirements, as each of those factors was shown to contribute to preventable truck accidents.

Michigan Trucking Laws Set By The The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed by Congress in 1986, creating laws to deal with problems caused by irresponsible drivers and the companies that employ them. For example, laws were enacted to prevent drivers from having more than one license. By 1992, truckers were required to meet minimum national standards in order to operate a commercial truck. Once a driver met these standards, he or she was then issued a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Michigan Trucking Laws Set By The The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety ActThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. Michigan has adopted the FMCSA rules and regulations for its trucking industry. These laws established by the FMCSA set regulations and driver requirements for aspects of the job including physical standards, alcohol and drug testing, hours of service, cargo, weight, licensing, inspection, repair and maintenance.

Michigan trucking laws and regulations governed by FMCSA

Hours of service (HOS)

Michigan trucking laws and regulations for driving hours and how truck driver fatigue contributes to crashes.

Truck driver log books and ELD rules

Rules for truckers keeping records and the penalties for lying on log books.

Michigan CDL guide: what you need to know

Learn what at CDL is and who is required to have Michigan Commercial Driver’s License and special endorsements.

Truck driver drug testing and alcohol testing FAQs

Michigan trucking laws in regards to alcohol and drug testing for truckers, and how they can affect your case.

CDL pre-trip inspection checklist

A list of safety checks a truck driver must follow before getting behind the wheel.

Michigan truck weight limits

Regulations for truck weight limits and the consequences of ignoring them.

Cargo securement regulations

What happens when truck loads are not loaded and secured properly.

Reflective tape requirements for trucks

Why this tape is required and how it saves lives by preventing truck accidents.

Truck safety and truck driver resources

A list of truck safety and truck driver resources to assist Michigan truck drivers.

DOT sleep apnea regulations

Learn about the lack of Michigan trucking laws and safety regulations by FMCSA for sleep apnea

Cell phone policy for CDL drivers

Learn about the cell phone policy for CDL drivers

Commercial truck insurance requirements

The commercial truck insurance requirements mandate a minimum of $750,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury and death after a crash. They’re too low to cover crash-related damages for a current day crash.

Driver qualification file

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that trucking companies maintain a qualification file for all of their truck operators, and lay out what should be contained within the file

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