New Jersey 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 Trenton may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The New Jersey 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 New Jersey laws that affect trucks operating only in New Jersey:

Driver Qualification

New Jersey has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with two notable exceptions. The 21-year age requirement applies unless a driver is transporting non-hazardous materials. If this is the case, he must be at least 18 years old.

A driver engaged in intrastate commerce not transporting hazardous materials requiring placards, but who is not physically qualified to drive under Section 391.41 (b), may continue to drive a motor vehicle if the driver has a valid New Jersey CDL as of September 20th, 1993.

Vehicle Marking/Identification

New Jersey didn’t adopt Sec. 390.21 of the Federal Regulations for intrastate commerce. Every vehicle used for commercial purposes on a street or highway must in plain view display name of the owner or lessee, and the name of the municipality in which the owner or lessee has his principal place of business.

Crash reports are available from:

Accident Report Request
Operations Department
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
P.O. Box 1121
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
(732) 247-0900

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