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Driver Safety (Motor Carriers)
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This topic covers the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) safety regulations pertaining to drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), also known as motor carriers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require employers to ensure that their drivers operate CMVs safely. This means that driving while ability or alertness is impaired, or likely to become impaired, by fatigue, illness, or any other cause is prohibited. An exception exists in cases of “grave emergency” where the hazard to occupants of the CMV or other users of the highway would be increased by compliance with this requirement. In these cases, the driver may continue to oeprate the CMV to the nearest place at which that hazard is removed.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Driving Safely for information about general safe driving practices, distracted driving, and other driving-related information not specifically addressing commercial motor carriers
  • Hours of Service (Motor Carriers) for information on the DOT’s hours-of-service regulations for motor carriers
  • Motor Carrier Safety for information about safety requirements for commercial motor vehicles

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Final Rules 49 CFR 383, 384, 390, 391, and 392 - Limiting the Use of Wireless Communication Devices 09/27/2010National
Final Rules 49 CFR Chapter III - Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Texting by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers 01/27/2010National
Proposed Rules 49 Parts 383, 384, 390, 391, and 392 - Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones 12/21/2010National
Guidance Documents CSA 2010 Frequently Asked Questions  National
Guidance Documents CSA 2010 Safety Measurement System (FMCSA)  National
Guidance Documents CSA 2010: Just the facts (FMCSA)  National
Guidance Documents CSA Resources  National
Guidance Documents CSA Unsafe Driving BASIC Fact Sheet  National
Guidance Documents CSA--Your Role  National
Meetings Defensive Driving for Commercial Truck Drivers (Word)  National
Quizzes Defensive Driving for Commercial Truck Drivers (Word)  National
Audio Presentations Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles  National
Speaker's Notes Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles - Script View  National
Speaker's Notes Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles - Script View  National
Handouts Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (PDF)  National
Handouts Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (PPT)  National
PowerPoints Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (PPT)  National
Audio Presentations Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (Spanish)  National
Quizzes Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (Word)  National
Quizzes Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles (Word)  National
Training Exercises Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Defensive Driving--Commercial Motor Vehicles Exercise 2 (PDF)  National
Questions & Answers Do you have a daily Driver's Inspection Checklist for a CDL Truck? 07/21/2010National
Questions & Answers Do you have a Driver's Inspection Daily Checklist form for my CDL driver to complete daily before operating his truck? 08/11/2010National
Checklists Driver Vehicle Inspection Checklist  National
Speaker's Notes Driver Wellness - Script View  National
Handouts Driver Wellness (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Driver Wellness (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Driver Wellness (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Driver Wellness (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Driver Wellness (PPT)  National
Quizzes Driver Wellness (Word)  National
Notices FMCSA - Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Public Meeting 11/21/2012National
White Papers Get on the road to health; Wellness tips for your truck drivers 12/04/2013National
Notices Medical Review Board Public Meeting 03/17/2008National
Notices Notice of Public Meeting and Availability for Public Comment - Truck Driver Safety and Health 10/04/2007National
Notices Obstructive Sleep Apnea 12/19/2011National
Notices Pilot Project on NAFTA Trucking Provisions 09/14/2011National
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