Texas law with eye on trucking rules takes effect Sept. 1

| 8/27/2007

A new law in Texas is intended to curb unsafe trucking operations in the state.

Existing state law doesn’t prohibit intrastate travel for motor carriers that have been deemed unfit or unsafe for interstate travel by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

But, beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, motor carriers will be prohibited from operating intrastate if the FMCSA has prohibited them from operating in interstate commerce because of safety concerns.

The new law also prohibits an employer from knowingly permitting a person to drive such a vehicle if the employer is subject to an out-of-service order affecting a driver or vehicle.

Violators to the rules will face up to $2,000 fines and/or 180 days in jail.

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