Oregon 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 Salem may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

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

Driver Qualification

Oregon has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with two notable differences. Those who drive for private carriers and drive trucks under 26,000 pounds are exempt for the provisions of Part 391, unless transporting hazardous materials in a quantity that requires marking or placarding of the vehicle.

Intrastate drivers must be 18. Interstate drivers must be 21.

The Oregon Department of Transportation may issue a waiver of physical disqualification for intrastate operations.

Hours of Service

Oregon has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with a few notable exceptions. For example, Public and telecommunications utilities are exempt from Part 395 when providing or restoring services under an emergency.

Crash reports are available from:

*Oregon Department of Transportation
Transportation Development Division
Crash Analysis and Reporting Unit
555 13th St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-35607

*Copies of an individual’s Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report are not available to persons not directly involved in the accident in question.

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