As a parent and a truck driver, you may find yourself in a situation where you must bring your infant along on a long-haul trip.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not prohibit children from riding in commercial vehicles, including tractor-trailers. Therefore, it is up to the trucking company to decide its own policy on allowing children to ride along.
Trucking Company Regulations
Many trucking companies prohibit children from riding in tractor-trailers for liability concerns and safety reasons.
If the trucking company allows children on board, the FMCSA requires that infants and children be secured in a properly installed child restraint system. The child restraint system must comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and be appropriate for the child’s age, weight, and height. In addition, the FMVSS sets standards for car and booster seats to ensure safety.
Notably, most tractor-trailers are not equipped with seat belts or anchor points for child car seats. Therefore, the trucking company must install anchor points and seat belts in the cab to properly secure the child restraint system. The trucking company must also train the driver to install and secure the child restraint system properly.
If you are a truck driver and must bring your infant along on a trip, check your trucking company’s policy on allowing children. If they allow children, get a properly installed and secured child restraint system that complies with the FMVSS. You should also receive proper training from the trucking company on adequately installing and securing the child restraint system.
Well-being of the Child
You should also consider the safety and well-being of your child while on the road. Long-haul trucking can be demanding and providing adequate care for an infant while driving can be tricky. Take regular breaks to attend to your child’s needs, such as feeding and diaper changes. It is also essential to keep the cab at a comfortable temperature and to avoid exposing your child to secondhand smoke or other harmful substances.
In conclusion, it is legal for infants to ride in a tractor-trailer, but only if the trucking company’s policy allows it. If allowed, the child must be restrained in a properly installed and secured child restraint system that complies with the FMVSS.
Be sure to consider the safety and well-being of the child while you’re on the road and attend to their needs.
If you must travel with your child, be sure to follow all FMSCA and FMVSS rules and requirements, as well as any policies implemented by your employer. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling with an infant in a tractor-trailer, consult your trucking company.