Company name, not owner, now required on trucks

| Thursday, July 28, 2005

A previous news article may have been misleading to some Land Line readers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now requires that a company name be displayed on trucks in addition to their DOT numbers. The rule was announced in 2000, but the agency included a five-year grace period to give truck owners enough time to get the name of the company added.

Previously Land Line reported that the new requirement could be met by either the truck owner’s name or the company name. However, the rule mandates that the company name be displayed. For truckers who own their own truck but are leased to a company, the requirement calls for the name of the leasing company to be displayed on the truck.

OOIDA’s director of regulatory affairs, Rick Craig, said that truckers can put their name on as well – but if they do, the words “operated by” have to be printed in front of the motor carrier’s name.

As with other FMCSA regulations, the individual states have the authority to set their own fines for violations. In New York, for example, there is a possible fine of $5,000 for failure to have the proper information displayed on your tractor.

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