Connecticut 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 Stanford may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Connecticut 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 Connecticut laws that affect trucks operating only in Connecticut:
Connecticut has adopted part 391 of the Federal Regulations with the exception of Sec. 391.11(b)(1) which states that an intrastate driver must be at least 21 years old. In Connecticut, a driver not transporting hazardous materials may be 18.
Hours of Service
Connecticut has adopted Part 395 for intrastate vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of over 18,000 pounds or transporting hazardous materials requiring placards. However, Section 395.3 won’t apply to a public service company vehicle providing assistance during a major loss of utility service.
Connecticut has adopted Sec. 390.21 of the Federal Regulations. Intrastate vehicles have to display the name or trade name of the motor carrier and a Connecticut issued US DOT number followed by the letters CT.
Crash reports are available from:
Connecticut State Police
Attn. Reports & Records
P.O. Box 2794
Middletown, CT 06457-9294