Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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In the beginning of 2000, the Department of Transportation created FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), with its central target being all things safety measure regarding motor carriers, each passenger and non-passenger. The FMCSA’s website (www.fmcsa.dot.gov) is a great resource of information, and is applicable for anybody who should know the regulations. Maybe you’re planning to open a commercial ground-carrying business or run a tour company with a fleet of motorcoaches.You might be a city council member assigned to dealing with the transportation concerns within your city, or a higher up in a department store corporation that works directly with how your company gets shipments. Regardless of what the reason, this site has all the information you’re trying to find.

Some essential basics are probably the place to start if you’re just getting your feet wet. Here are a few useful links within FMCSA’s website that can answer some initial questions you may have:

When you’re aiming to determine what type of vehicle certifies as a CMV, this is a handyreference. Have a look at this link and scroll down until you look for the definition for Commercial Motor Vehicle. A vehicle is designated as a CMV based on its weight or function or what it’s being used for, and this page clearly delineates this information so you can be clear on it: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/390.5.

There are stipulations in place for how long a driver may be on shift, physically driving. These rules are set with safety in mind, hoping to avoid exhausted drivers and potential accidents.

When you’re working CMVs, your drivers must regularly submit inspection reports of each vehicle they drove when they were on shift, including reporting any problems they may have had about the vehicle’s safety. The requirements regarding this statute are listed here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/396.11.

This link has all the regulations in one spot. Know the ruling on having your drivers tested for drugs and alcohol, for instance, how each CMV has to be labeled, or the kinds of forms that are used in inspections. For any questions you might have, be sure to check out this useful link: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/b/5/3/list.

For whatever reason you might have to be up-to-date on CMVs and associated information, this website is certainly your go-to! Having it all in one place is convenient, easy to reference, and an easy resource to look at if you’ve got a question.

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