Georgia’s Intrastate Trucking Rules & Regulations

Georgia follows and adopts the interstate trucking regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations deal with many important aspects of the operation of commercial vehicles, including the large trucks and tractor-trailers that travel on our major corridors such as Interstate 75 and Interstate 81 and across our borders into other states. Commercial motor carriers travel in what is called interstate commerce. This includes transportation across Georgia and beyond our boundaries into other states. Intrastate commerce includes the highways and roads within our state.

Georgia adopts the federal interstate trucking rules through the Georgia Department of Public Safety Transportation, which also establishes the minimum safety requirements for “all motor carriers operating both for hire and in private transportation in either interstate or intrastate commerce in Georgia…” This means that within Georgia, intrastate for-hire motor carriers must comply with applicable Operating Authority requirements contained in Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, including OCGA section 40-2-140(d) as well as Title 46 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

Charles Scholle is a highly-rated Atlanta truck accident lawyer, who knows that after a semi-truck or tractor trailer accident, victims need the support of a legal expert with the experience to deal with investigating the applicability of these federal regulations, as well as Georgia’s rules and regulations, for the trucking industry. Whether the investigation requires a determination as to the driver’s qualifications, whether the truck was in compliance with safety regulations or was properly loaded, all the possible causes and contributing factors for the truck accident must be considered.

Georgia’s trucking regulations also include many specifics for trucks traveling in interstate and intrastate commerce, such as equipment needed on trucks and how they are loaded. These regulations also provide for some specifics with regard to driver qualifications for driving in intrastate commerce, that is within Georgia’s boundaries. The safety history and qualifications of a trucking company and the driver are often important aspects of a truck accident investigation.

The Law Office of Scholle Law provides the investigatory, legal and medical support that is needed after a serious truck accident. We assist our clients to lift the burden and confusion after the trauma of a major accident.

Atlanta tractor-trailer accident lawyer Charles Scholle works closely with clients from the beginning of the case, until it is resolved bringing in all the responsible parties to hold them accountable for injuries and property damage. Often injuries that result from a truck collision are serious and difficult for victims and their families to deal with on their own. We are here to help you manage all aspects of recovery from truck crash.


Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 1-866-972-5287 or in Atlanta (770) 717-5100 to set up a free consultation with no obligation to discuss your tractor trailer accident.

We have a main office in Gwinnett County and our law firm serves clients with convenient offices in the Perimeter, Decatur, and Buckhead we represent injured truck accident victims throughout Atlanta and Georgia.