New Hampshire 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 Concord may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire laws that affect trucks operating only in New Hampshire:

New Hampshire observes all other federal laws that apply to over-the-road trucks without exception.

Driver Qualification

New Hampshire has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with some exceptions. The minimum age for transporting non-hazardous materials is 18; for hazardous materials, 21. Drivers operating interstate must be 21.

If a person is not physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle due to a physical deficiency, he can seek to have a waiver granted from the state of New Hampshire.

Crash reports are available from:

N.H. Department of Safety
Division of Motor Vehicles
Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Attn: Accident Reports
(603) 271-2506

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