- 18 Mar
When Duane Pearce, the Maryland State Highway Administration, Motor Carrier Division’s safety and compliance manager, spoke at the Maryland Farm Bureau Truck Forum in Upper Marlboro on Feb. 29, some members of the Maryland racing community came away thinking there were new rules for horse trailers.
To alleviate their concerns, Pearce agreed to a follow-up conversation to set the record straight about commercial motor vehicle safety regulations and their exceptions for agricultural operations as well as weigh and inspection facilities and nonresident tags on Maryland trailers.
He assures that although some new and changed regulations have been adopted over time, Maryland law and the Code of Federal Regulations regarding vehicles required to enter weigh and inspection facilities have not changed. The federal motor carrier safety regulations were adopted by Maryland in 1986.
“I see this happen from time-to-time,” he says. “People sometimes go away with the idea there has been a change in regulations when in fact they may simply be learning about a topic for which they had a misconception or had previously been unfamiliar with details.”
That being the case, Pearce willingly again went over the rules that concerned horsemen in an effort to clarify them.