Equipment Requirements, Brakes, Lamps and More (49 C.F.R. §§ 393.1 through 393.209)

Legal Commentary : In a truck accident case the regulations that set out the requirements for equipment such as brakes, lamps and other components are critically important. Commercial motor vehicle operators must comply with all applicable regulations at all times and when it comes to equipment, these are of critical importance to accident avoidance and safety.

Every accident and collision raises differing facts, but one thing is always true -- trucking accidents can cause serious injury and death and the equipment used and maintained by the carrier has to be safe. To consult at no charge with an experienced Atlanta semi truck accident attorney is also important to ensuring that your case is preserved and evidence located and presented. As a Georgia truck injury and accident lawyer, I help clients deal with the recovery from serious injury.

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§ 393.1 Scope of the rules in this part.

(a) The rules in this part establish minimum standards for commercial motor vehicles as defined in §390.5 of this title. Only motor vehicles (as defined in § 390.5) and combinations of motor vehicles which meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle are subject to the requirements of this part. All requirements that refer to motor vehicles with a GVWR below 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) are applicable only when the motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles meets the definition of a commercial motor vehicle.

(b)(1) Every motor carrier and its employees must be knowledgeable of and comply with the requirements and specifications of this part.

(2) Every intermodal equipment provider and its employees or agents responsible for the inspection, repair, and maintenance of intermodal equipment interchanged to motor carriers must be knowledgeable of and comply with the applicable requirements and specifications of this part.

(c) No motor carrier may operate a commercial motor vehicle, or cause or permit such vehicle to be operated, unless it is equipped in accordance with the requirements and specifications of this part.

(d) No intermodal equipment provider may operate intermodal equipment, or cause or permit such equipment to be operated, unless it is equipped in accordance with the requirements and specifications of this part.