STATE OF CALIFORNIA
DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
TRUCKS TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
CHP 800C (Rev. 7-00) OPI 062
Available at www.chp.ca.gov under Publications/Forms
Who is a "motor carrier" for purposes of California Highway Patrol (CHP) regulation?
According to Vehicle Code (VC) Section 408, a motor carrier is the registered owner, lessee, licensee, or bailee of any vehicle set forth in VC
Section 34500, who operates or directs the operation of any such vehicle on either a for-hire or not-for-hire basis. In some cases, a person
becomes a motor carrier solely because that person transports hazardous materials as defined in federal or state laws. Section 34500 lists the
following vehicles and combinations of vehicles [emphasis added in subdivision (g)]:
(a) Motortrucks of three or more axles that are more than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
(b) Truck tractors.
(c) Buses, schoolbuses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, and general public paratransit vehicles.
(d) Trailers and semitrailers designed or used for the transportation of more than 10 persons, and the towing motor vehicle.
(e) Trailers and semitrailers, pole or pipe dollies, auxiliary dollies, and logging dollies used in combination with vehicles listed in
subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d). This subdivision does not include camp trailers, trailer coaches, and utility trailers.
(f) Any combination of a motortruck and any vehicle or vehicles set forth in subdivision (e) that exceeds 40 feet in length when
(g) Any truck, or any combination of a truck and any other vehicle, transporting hazardous materials.
(h) Manufactured homes which, when moved upon the highway, are required to be moved under a permit as specified in Section
35780 or 35790.
(i) A park trailer, as described in subdivision (b) of Section 18010 of the Health and Safety Code, which, when moved upon a
highway, is required to be moved under a permit pursuant to Section 35780.
(j) Any other motortruck not specified in sub