Are DOT regulations the same in every state?


Quick Answer

Department of Transportation regulations are determined at the federal level, meaning that every state must follow them equally. Depending on the nature of the regulation, it may cross multiple branches of government in being implemented.

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The authority to make laws falls upon Congress. Congress may delegate that authority to the Department of Transportation in relevant matters or it may assume responsibility for lawmaking by introducing a bill into Congress. If that bill becomes a law, it then falls upon the Department of Transportation to execute it. Regulations that are not laws are interpreted by the Department of Transportation, meaning that the department offers advise on how a policy or regulation should be interpreted.

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