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People engaged in auto shipping are compelled to get legal license from the director or commissioner of Maryland department of transportation.
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is a government agency in the U.S. state of Maryland. MDOT also looks after the following organizations namely
  • MAA - Maryland Aviation Administration
  • MDTA - Maryland Transportation Authority
  • MPA - Maryland Port Administration
  • MTA - Maryland Transit Administration
  • MVA - Motor Vehicle Administration
  • SHA - State Highway Administration

Mission of MDOT

To facilitate the secure and well organized movement of people and goods to support Maryland's military installations thereby supporting and improving the quality of transportation and Maryland's communities all over the State.

Major Informations available from MDOT

Commercial Driver License information in Maryland

  • People who drive heavy trucks, buses and vehicles should have a special commercial driver's license (CDL) with proper approval. When applying for or renewing a CDL, the driver should have
    • Valid medical examiner's certificate
    • DOT Card DL-171
    • CDL waiver/exemption
    • Social security card
  • To renew a CDL with an approval for Hazardous materials, the driver should pass the HAZMAT test which is written or automated only in English.
  • Drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV's) must have a valid DOT card when operating a CMV or obtaining a CDL license product at the MVA. Passenger and School bus operators are not authorized for Interstate or Intrastate operation.

Emergency Truck Parking Information

  • MDOT Provides Truckers a Safer Way to Ride out the Storm.
  • In collaboration with MDOT's initiative to provide a safe shelter for commercial trucks during winter storms, SHA developed a mobile application of locations where truckers can park their vehicles safely.
  • The Office of Freight and Multimodalism maintains this Maryland Motor Carrier Portal with cooperation and support from all agencies involved with regulating motor carriers.

Maryland's Traffic Safety Laws

Move It

Move It is a vehicle collision policy developed by the State of Maryland to help minimize traffic backups and improve traffic safety. Here are some simple tips if you are involved in a collision.

What should be done after a collision?

If There Are No Injuries, But Your Vehicle Can't Be Moved:
  • Call 911 immediately to get help.
  • Raise your vehicle's hood.
  • Don't attempt to cross the roadway or stop traffic.
  • Use your hazard lights, flares, and a flashlight (at night) to warn oncoming traffic.
If your vehicle can be safely driven and no one has been injured then MOVE IT off the roadway to ensure your safety and that of other motorists, and to prevent traffic backups. When someone has been injured Call 911 instantaneously to get help and also do not attempt to move vehicles.

Smooth Operator Program

  • Smooth Operator is an exclusive public safety program. It is a joint venture of law enforcement, public safety officials and other experts in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
  • The Smooth Operator program is considered as the most important program in the nation which is clearly predicted from its rapid growth since 1997.
  • Smooth Operator program is launched to create awareness among motorists regarding the risks involved in aggressive driving and also to reduce such behavior on roads.
  • Aggressive driving includes offenses such as tailgating, over speeding, running red lights, over taking other vehicles during traffic hours, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, failing to yield the right of way and improper use of turn signals.

Some of the Major Highway Safety Programs launched by SHA

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity. A person who engages in that has the potential to distract himself or herself from driving and increases the risk of crashing.
There are three main types of distraction namely
  • Visual distraction- taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual distraction- taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive distraction- taking your mind off

Child Passenger Safety

  • It is mandatory for the children under the age of four to ride in a child safety seat when riding in a motor vehicle.
  • Choose the seat that best fits your child and your vehicle.
  • Avoid putting a rear-facing seat in front seat of a vehicle with an active front-passenger airbags.
  • Always make sure that harness straps are comfortable and that child is buckled up safely.