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National Highway Rules for Moving Vans

[box type=”shadow”]The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration don’t regulate the use of moving vans for interstate travel if the van’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 10,000 lbs. or less. For larger vehicles, the agencies proscribe several requirements to which drivers and vehicle owners…

Pennsylvania State Travel Trailer Classifications

[box type=”shadow”]Travel trailers are a favorite way for many families to see America. Technological advancements have made today’s trailers more comfortable and filled with numerous amenities to put more “home” in “motorhome.” If you’re looking to register your travel trailer in Pennsylvania, you’ll find Pennsylvania code very straightforward—there are essentially…

Automatic Semi Truck Transmissions

[box type=”shadow”]There exists much confusion about terminology when the subject of an “automatic” truck transmission arises. Properly known as “automated” transmissions, these drive trains have come to prominence as the prime competition for old-style manuals. There are many different kinds of truck transmissions today. [/box] [box type=”shadow”] Automatic vs. Automated…

List of Truck Driver Jobs Allowed Violations

[box type=”shadow”]Individual trucking companies set their own list of “allowed” violations for hiring truck drivers. Companies usually post the number of allowed moving violations in their employment ads. Many companies accept up to three moving violations in the past three years. However, aside from company regulations, there are state and…

DOT Regulations for Pull Behind Trailers

Pull behind trailers are subject to the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Title 49 of the United States Code mandates this administration and auto manufacturers must meet the standards set forth by that administration. All the standards are written to protect the public from unreasonable…

Brake Fluid Substitutes of DOT

[box type=”shadow”]Regulations regarding what types of brake fluid can be used in the United States are specified by the Department of Transportation in regulation part 571.116. This regulation specifies the legal required boiling point of brake fluids. DOT 3 is one of the approved brake fluids that falls underneath this…

DOT Regulations in Arkansas for Diabetics

[box type=”shadow”]When a person has a medical condition such as diabetes, it can complicate his ability to get a regular driver’s license or commercial driver’s license (CDL). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has guidelines in place for anyone in the United States, including Arkansas, to apply for a medical…

Obtain a Free Drive-A-Check (DAC) Report

[box type=”shadow”]As part of a pre-hiring screening process, most large trucking companies will dig into truckers’ employment and driving records, including any history of traffic violations, accidents or other disqualifying issues. All of this information is stored in a database maintained by a company called HireRight. This company sells Drive-A-Check…

Compressed Gas Regulations

[box type=”shadow”]Compressed gas is gas kept in a compressed cylinder, which allows the gas to be stored in small spaces and be released at high speed when needed. Compressed gas can be very dangerous, since contents under pressure can be flammable or explosive or cause the cylinder to move in…

DOT Tie-Down Regulations

[box type=”shadow”]The Federal Department of Transportation oversees interstate shipping and trucking and sets safety standards for commercial trucking. Among these standards are requirements for loads on flatbed trucks that require tie-downs, with the DOT mandating the type of tie-down and manner of securing cargo. Inspectors perform checks at weigh stations…

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