Indiana 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 Gary may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Indiana 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 Indiana laws that affect trucks operating only in Indiana:

Hours of Service

Indiana has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with two notable differences. In Indiana, Part 395 does not apply to farm trucks or vehicles operated in intrastate construction. Also, the maximum driving and on-duty requirements don’t apply to intrastate transporters of agricultural commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes if the transportation is limited to an area within a 100 air mile radius from the distribution point for the supplies.

Inspection and Maintenance

Indiana had adopted Part 396 of the Federal Regulations with one notable exception. Private carriers of property operated only in intrastate commerce or any carriers of property operated only in intrastate commerce while employed in the construction industry are not required to report in writing concerning the condition of the parts and accessories of their vehicle.

Crash reports are available from:

Indiana State Police
Vehicle Crash Records Section
301 Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-8286

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