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June 16, 2017Summary of Hours of Service Regulations - Member Only

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has adopted “hours-of-service” rules that impose specific limits on the amount of time a driver can drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and how many hours a driver can work before the driver is no longer allowed to drive.  Those regulations are summarized in this memorandum.  On-duty hours include hours worked prior to driving.  Learn how work time impacts driver status.

June 14, 2017Driver's Guide to Hour of Service Regulations - Member Only

You must follow the hours-of-service regulations if you drive a commercial motor vehicle. Just what is a commercial motor vehicle?

In general it is a truck, or truck-tractor with a trailer, that is involved in interstate commerce and:

• Weighs (including any load) 10,001 pounds (4,536 kg) or more, or

• Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds (4,536 kg)

or more, or

• Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards.

We will describe these terms in greater detail in the next sections of this document.

**NOTE** There are exceptions to certain hours-of-service requirements for some operations. 

These will be covered later in this section.

October 01, 201515 passenger van regulations FMCSA

Brochure covers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations for 9 to 15 passenger vans used for direct or indirect compensation in interstate commerce.

July 15, 2015Van regulations Federal Register 2011 - Member Only

2011 regulation outlines the difference between regulations for 9 to 15 passenger vans for direct and indirect compensation.

April 28, 2015Tell Congress that you support a short-haul exemption from FMCSA - Member Only

Write Congress.

August 01, 2014Code of Federal Regulations Commercial Motor Vehicles - Member Only

From 2011
The operation of commercial motor vehicles designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), not for direct compensation, provided the vehicle does not otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle except for the texting provisions of §§ 391.15(e) and 392.80, and except that motor carriers operating such vehicles are required to comply with §§ 390.15, 390.19, and 390.21(a) and (b)(2) Read more...

April 11, 2014FMCSA Regulations Regarding DOT and MC Numbers - Member Only

Read to find out if you need an MC number and a DOT number.

January 30, 2014Motor Carrier Authorization Exemptions - Member Only

A list of the exemptions in the statute and regs (49 USC 13506 and 49 CFR Part 372).

January 27, 2014Interstate 9 to 15 Passenger Vehicles, Federal Requirement Overview - Member Only

Overview of Federal Requirements for Interstate 9 to 15 passenger vehicles.

January 27, 2014Final Rule: Patterns of Safety Violations by Motor Carrier Management - Member Only

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Parts 385 and 386  [Docket No. FMCSA–2011–0321]

RIN 2126–AB42
Patterns of Safety Violations by Motor Carrier Management
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
Final Rule

January 27, 2014Understanding FMCSA Commerical Zones - Member Only

As a general rule, motor carriers engaging in the interstate transportation of passengers or federally regulated commodities for direct or indirect compensation (i.e., for-hire) are required to obtain operating authority (designated by an “MC” number) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Certain types of transportation, however, are exempt from this requirement, including transportation within a “commercial zone.”

November 18, 2013FMCSA Registration - Member Only

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all private and for-hire motor carriers of passengers and freight providing transportation in interstate commerce to update their registration information with the agency every 24 months. Read more...

October 22, 2013New Rules Require Updating Your FMCSA Registration - Member Only

Changes in FMCSA Requirements take Effect November 1, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all private and for-hire motor carriers of passengers and freight providing transportation in interstate commerce to update their registration information with the agency every 24 months.  Read more....

December 04, 2012Clarification of 9 to 15 Passenger Van Regulations - Member Only

 

 

March 29, 2012Federal Motor Carrier Authorization - Member Only

Link to Check Your Federal Motor Carrier Authorization

June 27, 2011When a CDL is Required - Member Only

Summary of Regulations for Commercial Driver's Licenses from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Excerpts 2010)

March 09, 2009Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act, March 9, 2009 - Member Only

H.R. 1396 and a companion bill in the Senate, S. 554, will require all 9 to 15 passenger van drivers crossing state lines as commercial motor vehicles to have a Commercial Drivers License endorsement (CDL). The bill requires more stringent testing and driver qualifications for CDLs. The bills also direct the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to prescribe regulations requiring motorcoaches to be retrofitted with: (1) safety seat belts at each seating; (2) improved firefighting equipment; and (3) devices to enhance visibility. The motorcoach requirements specifically exempt school buses, but as the newsletter goes to press we are still researching the degree to which outfitters buses will be impacted.

FMCSA Regulations Regarding UDOT and MC Numbers - Member Only

Find out if you need an MC number and a DOT number.

Get Authority to Operate (MC Number) - Member Only

In FMCSA operating authority is often identified as an "MC," "FF," or "MX" number, depending on the type of authority that is granted. Unlike the USDOT Number application process, a company may need to obtain multiple operating authorities to support its planned business operations. Operating Authority dictates the type of operation a company may run and the cargo it may carry.

 

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