Kansas 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 Topeka may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

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

Driver Qualification

Kansas has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with a few notable differences. According to Federal Regulations, drivers must be at least 21 years of age. In Kansas, 18 years is the minimum age for drivers working for public carriers. There are a few exceptions in which 16-year-olds can operate commercial vehicles for contract or private motor carriers.

Hours of Service

Kansas has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with the exception of Secs. 395.1(h), (i), and (k). The maximum driving and on-duty requirements don’t apply to intrastate transporters of agricultural commodities or farm supplies 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 supplies.

Recording and Reporting of Accidents

Kansas has adopted Part 390 of the Federal Regulations, which includes accident recordkeeping requirements, in its entirety. Any driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury or death of another person must report the accident immediately by the quickest means of communication.

Crash reports are available from:

Kansas Highway Patrol
Attention: Accident Records
122 SW 7th Street
Topeka, KS 66603

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