rules for truck driver passengers

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Loneliness is the undisputed, number one reason for poor mental health in truckers. This is a sad and dangerous truth, especially considering loneliness’s very serious medical dangers.

There is good news, though: Truckers can carry passengers if they abide by specific regulations outlined by the FMSCA.

Consider filling your passenger seat with a companion for a healthier, happier life on the road. Here are the rules for truck driver passengers.


Universal Rules for Truck Driver Passengers

Notably, each trucking company has passenger restrictions, but one universal rule exists.

Written authorization by your company must be administered.

Authorization can be obtained by submitting a passenger application. Your application for a passenger must include the duration of your trip and the dates for which you plan to embark. Otherwise, unique requirements may exist exclusive to your company.

Though requirements vary from company to company, a few common requirements exist.


Common Passenger Requirements

The following are the most common restrictions imposed by companies:

  • Passengers must not be pregnant.
  • Passengers must not suffer from severe, chronic health conditions.
  • Adolescent passengers must be 10 years or older.
  • Passengers must have health insurance.
  • Passengers must carry the following items:
    • Driver license/ID
    • Social security
    • Health insurance information

To be clear, none of these restrictions are required by the FMCSA. These rules for truck driver passengers are required exclusively by some companies.


Limitations for Drivers Carrying Passengers

FMCSA requirements for carrying passengers are relatively straightforward, but regulations are a little more complicated. Here are the essential policies:

  • A 10-hour driving limit binds drivers with passengers after 8 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Drivers with passengers may not drive after being on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15 hours.
  • Drivers with passengers are restricted by a 60/70-hour limit over the course of 7/8 consecutive days.

Loneliness in trucking is a growing epidemic. Fortunately, bringing a passenger along has a relatively low barrier of entry. Adopt a co-pilot on your next route for an excellent way to boost your happiness on the road. Just make sure to follow the rules for truck driver passengers.

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