Laws, Regulations, and Enforcement

U.S Department of Transportation : Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website A comprehensive resource providing access and links to Federal Regulations, Rules, Notices, Topics of Interest, Compliance Aides, and other useful references for Drivers, Vehicles, Companies and Brokers.

National Center for State Courts Based in Williamsburg, VA has an extensive library that offers the following selections in print:

Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Enforcement: Instructors Guide. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 1999. (Available in the NCSC library: HE5616 C66 1999).

Commercial Driver Licensing Laws. Reno, NV: National Judicial College, 1999. (Available in the NCSC library: HE5616 C665 1999).

Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic Enforcement Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011. This guide has been prepared to assist law enforcement agencies interested in developing traffic enforcement programs focusing on serious moving violations committed by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). It was developed to reduce the likelihood of CMV crashes and to reduce the consequences from those that occur. This guide contains information and strategies for use by officers responsible for improving highway safety and enforcing traffic safety laws. This guide is designed to be used as a workbook, for either classroom or on-the-job training.                 

The National Center for State Courts partners with the National District Attorneys Association National Traffic Law Center in many of its efforts. NCSC encourages prosecutors, judges, and others to make use of the resources on its web site including the CDL Quick Reference Guide and A Prosecutor's Guide to the Basics of Commercial Motor Vehicle Licensing and Violations.                                                                                                 

Grushkin, Daniel. The New Highway Robbery Bloomberg Business week, May 30 – June 5, 2011. Pg. 72. This report outlines the ever-present threat of thefts of large trucks and their contents. This report also discusses the issues and strategies with pursuing a solution to said thefts.

NHTSA Contractors Stop Drivers for Blood Tests and Saliva Samples

U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on Drive Time Rule Article: Truck Drivers Not Revved Up About New Safety Rules Starting July 1, truck drivers will have take more rest breaks and spend less time on the road, part of a government effort to reduce fatigue-related accidents. Truckers say more highway traffic and high shipping costs will be the result.

Two newsletters have released new editions which contain some very interesting content. Move Magazine has article describing a service which will give states a mechanism to electronically verify whether an individual already holds a valid driver's license in another jurisdiction. Additionally, Special Feature: National Criminal Justice Reference Service contains a listing of current articles and fact sheets on impaired driving.