Arkansas Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Little Rock may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Arkansas Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of Arkansas laws that affect trucks operating only in Arkansas:

Driver Qualification

Arkansas has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with the exception of Sec. 391.11(b)(1) for intrastate drivers, which states that the drivers must be at least 21 years of age. In Arkansas they can be 18.

Hours of Service

Arkansas has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with one exception. The maximum driving and on-duty requirements do not apply to intrastate commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes if the transportation is limited to an area within a 100-air-mile radius from the source of the commodities or distribution point for the farm supplies when such transportation occurs during planting and harvesting seasons.

Crash reports are available from:

Arkansas State Police
Attn. Accident Records
One State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 618-8130

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