Required DOT Rules and Regulations

The DOT rules and regulations are meant to be followed by all truckers and other drivers on US roads. Each state has its own variation of these regulations, but some of the rules are enforced on a federal level.

When training or recruiting drivers, it is important to remember these rules in order to prevent hefty fines and other complications. The Department of Transport periodically updates their rules, so it is helpful to have a specialized program or database that provides notifications every time the rules have been changed. All pertinent information on DOT rules and regulations can also be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Driver Qualifications

Before becoming a truck driver, an applicant must qualify by meeting the requirements provided by his/her state. All individuals need to follow the requirements of their state, even if these regulations are stricter than the federal rules.

All drivers should have a state-issued driver’s license and a clean driving record. In many cases, private trucking companies have their own requirements that are much stricter than State or federal laws.

Drivers who will transport large trucks that are over 26,000 pounds will need to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) from the area where they are living. A CDL is also required for all truckers who transport hazardous materials, regardless of the size of their truck.

In most states, normal driving credentials are enough for vans and light trucks. Federal requirements specify that drivers should be over the age of 21 and undergo a physical exam every two years.

The driver should have a 70-degree vision field, 20/40 vision or proper lenses, and good hearing. A CDL trucker cannot be colorblind. If an individual is convicted in a felony involving alcohol, drugs, or a motor vehicle, he will not be permitted to apply for CDL. All licensees should be able to speak/read English well enough to communicate with police officers, prepare reports, and read road signs. In addition, they must take a written exam provided by the US Department of Transportation.

International Fuel Tax Agreement

The lower 48 states of the United States and the Canadian provinces entered an agreement known as IFTA. Also known as the International Fuel Tax Agreement. The Department of Transportation (DOT) enforces it. The purpose is to simplify the reporting of fuel use by motor carriers operating in more than one jurisdiction. IFTA creates one universal fuel use license and one base jurisdiction for each license holder. Under the fuel tax agreement, carriers pay taxes to their base jurisdiction. Each state receives the appropriate tax payments based on the miles driven in that state. 

IFTA Reporting Requirements

Each quarter IFTA reports are due. April 30, July 31, October 31 and January 31. Money owed or money credited is due at that time. DOT trucking regulations are strict. If you file your fuel taxes late or make a mistake on your report, you could face fines or penalties. With our convenient and easy-to-use IFTA reporting software, you can free yourself from the tedium of filing fuel tax paperwork. Furthermore, this will streamline your trucking business operations. Trucking Office uses PC*Miler to automatically track the number of miles driven per state. Also, it will make sure your IFTA paperwork gets to the DOT in full and on time. With our software, you’ll never have to worry about missing another fuel tax deadline again.

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