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FMCSA Regulations Part 4: Vehicle Regulations

Regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the states enforce strict standards for the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This is because CMVs require a great deal of knowledge, skill, and ability on the part of the drivers and effective observance from their employers. Because of the dangers of fatigue and other risks, the primary goal of these regulations is to promote safety for all drivers on the road.

High Standards for Licensing, Performance, & Safety

Several elements of the CMV are carefully regulated by FMCSA standards, including:

  • Cargo
  • Inspection processes
  • Licensing
  • Noise levels
  • Record keeping

CMVs are generally divided into property-carrying vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles. Though some regulations differ, depending on these categories, both have high standards of vehicle safety and driver ability because of the large size of the CMV in comparison to other road vehicles. Because CMVs are capable of causing greater damage in collisions and often carry precious or hazardous cargo, drivers and companies alike are expected to maintain their vehicles within safety standards.

Knowledge of regulations may offer faster solutions!

California has strict regulations for CMVs and CMV drivers. In most states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles many processes for CMV drivers and may offer information on state standards for vehicle regulations. Because these regulations are also handled by other agencies, such as the California Highway Patrol, it is important for drivers and companies alike to be informed about vehicle regulations.

Even with such strict safety regulations, accidents still occur. When you're dealing with a legal issue involving a CMV-related accident, knowledge of FMCSA and state regulations may help settle a dispute or verify a claim. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP, our California truck accident lawyers' years of knowledge and experience have helped us recover more than $12 million for our clients. When seeking legal guidance for a complex accident issue, trust a legal team with a solid record of success. Call us today to get started on your case.