Rhode Island 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 Providence may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island laws that affect trucks operating only in Rhode Island:

Driver Qualification

Rhode Island has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with one notable modification. Drivers must be 21, except intrastate drivers that do not transport hazardous materials are allowed to drive at age 18.

How to obtain crash reports

A copy of an official accident report (investigated by the state police) can be obtained by sending a written request with the required fee to the State Police Headquarters. Your request must include the name of those involved and date and location of the accident.

Crash reports are available from:

Rhode Island State Police
Accident Report Office
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
(401) 444-1143

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