Louisiana Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Baton Rouge may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of Louisiana laws that affect trucks operating only in Louisiana:

Driver Qualification

Louisiana has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with the exception of Sec. 391.11(b)(1) for intrastate drivers. If a driver has been regularly employed by a motor carrier for a continuous period of no less that three years immediately prior to January 20, 1988, the driver isn’t required to comply with Secs. 391.21, 391.23, and 391.33.

Intrastate drivers must me 21 years old to haul hazardous materials, and 18 years old to haul all other materials.

How to obtain accident reports

Send a request in writing accompanied by the required fee to the Traffic Records Unit. Include the name of the drivers along with the date, time, and location of the accident.

Crash reports are available from:

Office of State Police
Traffic Records Unit
P.O. Box 66614
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 925-6157

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