Iowa auto transport

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the offices of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Motor Carrier Services, Vehicle Services, and Driver Services aims to make your travels to and from Iowa more safer, legal and less complicated.
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Iowa 511 Travel Information Service

  • 511 is the three digit number used to access the road and travel conditions in Iowa.
  • Iowa DOT introduced the Iowa 511 Travel Information Service to help commuters and travelers by providing them travel related information to make them stay safe.

More about 511 system

  • Iowa 511 system includes voice recognition, increased calling capacity and easier-to-navigate Web pages.
  • Call 511 from any phone, including mobile phones.
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  • During emergency you can also call 911.

Types of information available

  • Traffic incidents and major closures on interstates, U.S. routes and state routes in Iowa.
  • Road construction and planned road closures on interstates, U.S. routes and state routes.
  • Weather conditions statewide.

Key factors for Truckers from Iowa Trucking Guide

Annual Vehicle Inspections for truckers

Commercial vehicles must be inspected thoroughly by a qualified inspector at least once in a year. The trucker should always carry or display on the truck the proof of the current annual inspection.
  • The proof may be in the form of an inspection decal meeting all the necessary requirements of FMCSR.
  • When any inspector asks for proof of the inspection the trucker should be able to show it.
  • The motor carrier should take whole responsibility to make sure that the person performing the annual inspection is a qualified inspector.

Daily Vehicle Inspections

Pre-Trip Inspections
The truck driver is required to inspect his vehicle prior to use each day to check whether the vehicle is safe to operate on the highway. A written inspection report is not required to be completed with a pre-trip inspection.
Post-Trip Inspections
At the completion of each work shift, the driver has to prepare a written daily vehicle inspection report- (DVIR) for the carrier. This post trip inspection acts as a communication link between the current driver and the next driver regarding the condition of the equipment.
Discovered defects must be corrected and should be mentioned on the report. A certification must be made to reflect the decision to operate the vehicle.
Carriers must retain the original DVIR and certification for a period of three months from the completed date.

Safety Requirements for the Commercial Vehicles

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations FMCSR for commercial vehicles in Iowa insists that the interstate and intrastate carriers should always carry
Lighting and Reflectors
Commercial motor vehicle must meet lighting and reflector requirements as specified in the federal regulations.
Emergency Equipment
Every commercial vehicle must be equipped with emergency equipment that includes Fire Extinguisher, Warning Triangles, Electrical Fuses etc.. Towing vehicles with a chain or cable without using a drawbar is an offense.
Brakes and Breakaway Systems
Trailers should be equipped with service brakes on all wheels if they have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or loaded weight of 3,000 pounds or more. "Radar Detectors and Radar Jamming Device are prohibited".