Vermont 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 Montpelier may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

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

Vermont has adopted the remainder of federal laws that apply to all over-the-road trucks without exception.

Driver Qualifications

Vermont has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with a few noteworthy modifications. Commercial motor vehicle drivers must be at least 18 years old. In order to transport radioactive materials, a driver must have at least 3 years of experience driving the type of vehicle associated with the transport.

The drug testing regulations in Part 391 were not adopted. Intrastate characters who would like to establish a drug testing program for drivers can do so as long as the program is established utilizing current statutory guidelines.

Crash reports are available from:

Agency of Transportation
Department of Motor Vehicles
State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
(802) 828-2078

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