Historically speaking, driving a truck in Illinois has come with more burdensome regulations than one might encounter if working in other states. However, with the start of the new year, some of that burden was reduced, and Illinois trucking regulations have been brought in line with those imposed by federal standards.
Only One Inspection Now Required
Until this year, truck owners who operated their vehicles only in the state of Illinois were required to have those trucks inspected once every six months. However, a new bill passed last summer and signed into law in August of 2017 reduced the number of required inspections to just one per year. This change means Illinois’ regulatory process mirrors that of federal requirements, as well as those of neighboring states.
Some of the advantages that come with the new law include, but are not limited to:
- Less time spent off the road during the inspection process.
- Reduced cost to truck owners for expenses in taking trucks out of service to get inspected.
- Less inconvenience for those who own vehicles that are used only seasonally, such as farmers.
Representatives of an organization that represents truckers in Illinois are relieved that the new law is finally taking effect. While they agree that more frequent inspections were required of trucks that were on the roads in the past, newer model vehicles are typically safer and engineered to meet high environmental standards.
Aiding Business Growth and Development
In addition to relieving the burden on farmers who were required to get two inspections per year on many vehicles that went unused the majority of the year, the new law is expected to help out small and medium-sized trucking companies in Illinois. The revenue previously lost due to the added inspections might now be targeted for hiring new drivers and other business expansion initiatives.
Protect Your Livelihood With the Help of a Dedicated Will County CDL Attorney
For most commercial truck drivers, having restrictions placed on or losing their commercial driver’s license could severely damage their ability to make a living. If the threat of the accumulation of citations or violations is weighing on you, get the assistance of a knowledgeable Illinois CDL defense attorney to help you protect your right to drive and earn a living. At the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, we will apply our in-depth knowledge of Illinois CDL regulations on your behalf. Do not leave the future of your career to just anyone. Call our offices today at 815-740-4025 and schedule a free initial consultation to ask questions and discuss available options.