New London, CT – There are various trucking regulations that cover the vehicles themselves, as well as driver qualifications and behaviors that are meant to help keep the roads safe. Trucking companies must invest time and effort into remaining compliant with these laws and regulations, otherwise they can potentially be fined or sanctioned. However, these costs are often necessary investments, as a serious truck collision has a large price tag attached for things like property damage, insurance claims, and lawsuits. 

An overview of trucking regulations in the state is helpful for showing what kinds of safety measures are important. 

Vehicle sizes

All trucks on the state’s roads need to be within certain limits for height, weight, length, and width. This is mostly done because there are clearance issues with underpasses, lane lengths, and other problems that can arise if a vehicle is too large and cannot be maneuvered without colliding with obstacles. 

Fines for violations of these regulations are based on a percentage of the truck’s weight. This means that the actual amount of any fine issued can vary greatly based on the truck’s dimensions and its weight at the time of inspection. 

Commercial driver’s licenses

In addition to the vehicle, drivers of trucks must also possess certain qualifications. There are three classifications of CDLs in the state. These are A,B, and C and they vary by the ability of the driver to handle a larger sized vehicle. A driver with a class A license can operate all truck and trailer combinations and commercial vehicles legally. An additional endorsement is required for special jobs that deal with hazardous materials. 

All applicants for a CDL in Connecticut must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and complete a skills exam. There may be additional testing required for special endorsements. It is possible that some drivers with military commercial vehicle experience may be exempt from a skills test. 

Once a driver is licensed, they can potentially lose these privileges for things like traffic offenses and fault in accidents. Offenses such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also seriously affect a person’s ability to remain a licensed commercial driver. 

Permit applications

It is possible for trucking companies to apply to the state’s Department of Transportation to receive a special permit for oversized vehicles and cargo loads. This is also a fee that must be paid to the government to obtain the fee. Decisions regarding each individual truck are made by the department on a case by case basis as their parent companies apply. 

Truck accident attorneys in New London

Holth and Kollman are available to help people with various kinds of personal injury cases and accident lawsuits in the New London area. Potential clients can contact the firm to meet with an attorney and discuss their personal situation. 

Firm contact info:

Holth & Kollman, LLC

58 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

860-447-0331

www.holthkollman.com

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