Massachusetts Department of Transportation Changes in Regulations

Massachusetts DOT will now require vehicles used for business and have a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or higher have a DOT number.  DOT holders will need to comply with DOT Safety Requirements and Driver Qualification File Requirements as well as other regulations.  This requirement applies to vehicle/trailer combinations with a combined gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or higher.


Previously regulations only applied to vehicles that crossed into other states, but now applies to ALL vehicles and/or trailer combinations of 10,001 pounds or more with very limited exceptions.  The non-compliant vehicle owners could incur significant fines starting 1/1/2019.


Two consulting firms in Massachusetts who provide assistance with DOT signage, safety, and driver requirements once you apply for your DOT number.


Fleet Safety Services, Inc., Worcester, MA
Phone:  800-215-2490


The Transportation Advisor, Inc., Palmer, MA
Phone:  800-608-8890


While this change does not directly affect any insurance policy you have with us, we hope our customers find this communication helpful.  More information can be found at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website at

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