New Regulations For Vehicles With GVWR of 10,001 to 26,000 lbs.

The Public Utilities Commsission (PUCO) has recently revised its rules for motor carrier transportation safety. The newly revised rules extend PUCO’s jurisdiction to regulate vehicle safety to vehicles that are operating on a not-for-hire basis within the state with a GVWR of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds.

Active enforcement of the revised rules will not begin until January 1, 2011. No forfeitures or monetary penalties will be issued until this date unless violations are egregious. PUCO and the Ohio State Patrol have been instructed to use these inspections as opportunities to educate the driver/carrier.

The following is a summary of the requirements if the GVWR is 10,001 or more:

  • Drivers must have a medical certificate (NO CDL IS REQUIRED)
  • The truck or van must have company marking on each door
  • Fire extinguisher must be accessible and secured
  • Annual vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle equipment must be in proper working order
  • Maintenance records must be maintained
  • Must maintain $1 million of insurance when hauling vehicles
  • When motor vehicles are hauled there are special requirements for securing the load that must be followed
  • A driver qualification file must be maintained – including the application for hire and the medical certificate
  • Log books must be maintained, unless:
    • If the vehicle(s) is within 150 miles of the business no log book needs to be maintained IF
      • The driver returns to the work reporting location and is released from work within 12 consecutive hours;
      • The driver does not drive more than 11 hours;
      • The driver must have at least 10 hours off between 12 hour shifts; and
      • The company maintains and retains for a period of 6 months accurate time records.

If my vehicle has a GVWR of 10,001 or more and crosses state lines to make pick ups or deliveries, what else must be done?

  • The vehicle must have a USDOT number if the vehicle crosses state lines
  • The application for a USDOT number will require a safety audit from the PUCO
  • Information on obtaining a USDOT number may be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov

How can I assure that my company’s vehicles do not fall under these new rules?

  • Ensure your vehicle GVWR is less than 10,001 pounds if possible. HOWEVER, BE SURE THAT ANY LOAD DOES NOT EXCEED THE VEHICLE’S LOAD CAPACITY!
  • If you are using a truck and trailer combination to move cars or motorcycles/APV’s you may not be able to avoid these new rules as the GVWR of the truck and trailer must be less than 10,001 pounds.

Vehicles and drivers that are found to be in noncompliance can be pulled from service on the spot. Additionally, monetary fines may be issued by PUCO. Active enforcement will begin January 1, 2011.

Fuller Ford performs annual DOT inspections for $89.95. This includes pulling the wheels and performing a complete brake inspection.  The customer will be notified of any violations of PUCO regulations and advised on any brake repairs or other maintenance.  If it is the first DOT inspection, including new vehicles, the DOT inspection plus the required fire extinguisher and triangle kit costs $229.95. Fuller Ford will also put the necessary inspection decal on the truck, keep the required files, and notify you every year when your inspection is due.  Not only are you complying with state law, but you are getting a very important and proper vehicle inspection as well.  Please contact Fuller Ford’s service department for an appointment at http://www.fullerisford.com/service.aspx

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7 Responses to New Regulations For Vehicles With GVWR of 10,001 to 26,000 lbs.

  1. Bill says:

    A single axle commerical truck with a load limit of 26000 lbs, how long can the bed for a flat bed .

    • Greg says:

      Bill,

      These regulations only pertain to vehicle weight. They do not address length of vehicle. However, there may be other laws or regulations regarding vehicle length. You may want to obtain a copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Pocketbook. It is printed and published by J.J. Keller & Associates. You should be able to reach them at (800) 327-6868.

  2. james says:

    do u need a log if you are a mechanic and staying within 150 miles to haule a broke truck back to the yard ?

    • Greg says:

      If the vehicle(s) is within 150 miles of the business no log book needs to be maintained IF
      o The driver returns to the work reporting location and is released from work within 12 consecutive hours;
      o The driver does not drive more than 11 hours;
      o The driver must have at least 10 hours off between 12 hour shifts; and
      o The company maintains and retains for a period of 6 months accurate time records.

  3. Steve says:

    Rick,

    These regulations only pertain to commercial trucks. Also, if you have any kind of signeage on the truck, it is considered a commercial truck. So, you should be OK as long as this truck is just your own private vehicle.

    Let us know if you have any further questions!

  4. Rick Brown says:

    Does this new 2011 weight regulation pertain to private truck/trailers also. I pull my race car to and from the track and together they weigh over 10K.
    Please reply. Thx

    • Jud says:

      Rick,

      Your truck/trailer would be considered “commercial” if you were receiving any kind of compensation from racing your car.

      These regulations were first put into place in 1996. They are just now being closly watched due to the CSA 2010 program.

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