DOT Carrier Compliance FHWA Auto Transporter Overhang Law OOIDA Review

In September 2017, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) submitted information to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) per a request for public comments about including “non-cargo-carrying tractor-high mount trailer combinations” with regards to the definition of an auto transporter. Say what? Yes, we’re talking about: 1) what is a car hauler, and 2) how much can they overhang their loads off the front and back of their equipment?

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28:25 FEATURED INTERVIEW with Mike Matousek, OOIDA Manager of Government Affairs, sharing extensive knowledge of exactly what’s wrong with the FHWA definition of an automobile transporter and how (or why) whether a cab or truck that can carry cargo on a headrack literally has nothing to do with the trailer and whether or not it’s set up to haul cars. But that’s the law, the legal definition, and the reason why DOT enforcement of an interpretation can get complicated – FAST. To learn more, visit: – or send Mike an email to: Want more OOIDA business education? Visit their website: or YouTube channel:

1:24:10 Brian Riker of Fleet Compliance Solutions LLC joins us to continue this bizarre FHWA conversation about the definition of an auto transporter and the complicated interpretation of what kinds of car haulers are allowed vehicle overhang on their trailers. If you get trapped in a DOT violation that doesn’t make any sense to you, contact Brian. Visit: or

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