Can truck drivers have passengers while on the road?
With truck drivers spending many hours out on the road and away from home, you may wonder if they can bring a friend, family member or even a pet along for the ride.
Keep reading to find out if truck drivers can have passengers while on the road.
Can truck drivers have passengers?
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), passengers can be present in a Commercial Motor Vehicle as long as they comply with applicable vehicles laws and have written authorization from the driver’s company.
Depending on the company, this authorization can apply to a variety of passengers, including:
A spouse or partner.
Other immediate family.
Aside from the DOT requirement that all passengers must have written authorization from the trucking company, passenger regulations are set on a company-to-company basis.
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Are there passenger laws for semi-trucks?
Passengers in a semi-truck are generally subject to the same laws as passengers in a vehicle (e.g., seat belt laws, etc.). In addition to complying with those laws, and in addition to the DOT requirement that all passengers must have written authorization from the trucking company, passenger requirements are set on a company-to-company basis.
The process of a driver getting permission to have a passenger typically includes making sure the passenger first fits the company’s requirements and then completes a waiver. These waivers usually include information such as:
The name of the passenger.
The start and end points of the trip.
The dates the passenger will be with the driver.
While passenger regulations vary from company to company, there are a few that you’re likely to see at most companies. These include: