Truckers Guide to Wisconsin – Regulations and Requirements for Wisconsin Motor Carriers

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report

Primary Investigator

Teresa Adams, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Ph: 608-263-3175


In 1990, a Trucking Wisconsin Style booklet was published outlining legal and safe motor carrier operation in the state. Since then, the booklet has not been kept current and the motor carriers in Wisconsin has requested that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation produce an informational booklet.

The Handbook will be a reference of commonly requested information for dispatch operators and owner operators. A comparison of publishing costs will eventually determine the size and length of the Handbook, but it is expected to be approximately 40 pages.


  • Write, layout and format the Handbook as a Microsoft Word document that can be converted to PDF format for printing and/or web dissemination.
  • Facilitate a discussion with members of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association to get their input on the format, scope, outline and contents of the Handbook.
  • Identify and then work with an advisory team of three (one representative each from the motor carriers, Wisconsin State Patrol and WisDOT DMV) to develop the Handbook. The Advisory Team will guide in information gathering and serve as reviewers of the Handbook.


  1. Kick-off Meeting with WisDOT
  2. Gather input from Wisconsin Trucking Industry
  3. Establish an Adivsory Team for the Handbook
  4. Prepare and approve final outline and format for the Handbook
  5. Prepare draft Handbook
  6. Final review and revisions
  7. Formatting and layout of the Handbook
  8. Final approval and project closeout

Project Information

  • Duration: 9 months
  • Dates: March 1, 2007 – November 30, 2007
  • Budget: $21,023
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 01-01
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