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Motor Carrier Safety
National Summary

This topic covers the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), which apply to all employers, employees, and commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. The FMCSRs do not apply to certain cases, including public-sector activities, school bus operations, fire and rescue vehicles used in emergency response, and noncommercial transportation of personal property.

The FMCSRs include requirements for motor carrier identification, marking of CMVs, recordkeeping, financial responsibility, accident reporting, and employee safety and health standards. All motor carriers must make all records and information about accidents available to an authorized FMSCA representative.

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
  • Commercial Driver Safety for information about DOT safe driving regulations for commercial drivers
  • Material Handling for information about rim wheel servicing requirements

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TypeTitleDateState
Directives 08/05/1981 - STD 1-11.7 - 29 CFR 1910.178(k)(1) and (m)(7): Mechanical Means to Secure Trucks or Trailers to a Loading Dock 07/16/2003National
Guidance Documents 2006 Large Truck Crash Overview (PDF)  National
Final Rules 48 CFR 385 - Rescission of 10-Day Agency Discretionary Period in Assigning Unsatisfactory Safety Ratings 10/23/2012National
Final Rules 49 CFR 325 et al. - General Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 09/24/2013National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 369 - Rescission of Quarterly Financial Reporting Requirements 05/24/2013National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 381 - Physical Qualification of Drivers; Standards; Changes to Vision Exemption Program Criteria 12/18/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 383 and 390 - Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR); Definition 10/29/2012National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 383 and 390 - Gross Combination Weight Rating; Definition 05/07/2013National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 383, 384, and 391 - Medical Examiner's Certification Integration; Availability of Updated Privacy Impact Assessment 05/26/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 385 and 386 - Patterns of Safety Violations by Motor Carrier Management 01/22/2014National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 385 and 386 -- Patterns of Safety Violations by Motor Carrier Management 11/12/2012National
Final Rules 49 CFR 390 - Unified Registration System; Correction 10/23/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 571 - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Side Impact Protection 11/28/2012National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR Part 390: Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers 09/20/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR Parts 350, 381, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, and 392: Amendments to Implement Certain Provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act 10/01/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR Parts 360, 365, 366, et al.: Unified Registration System; Final Rule 08/23/2013National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; New Information Collection Request: The Impact of Driver Compensation on Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety 08/29/2014National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Reinstatement of an Information Collection Request: Motor Carrier Safety Grants Programs 03/21/2014National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements 05/06/2014National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements 02/14/2014National
Notices Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Website 07/24/2014National
Questions & Answers In reference to DOT physicals and driver medical qualifications ... 04/01/2010National
Forms Motor Carrier Identification Report (Application for U.S. DOT Number)  National
Regulatory Analysis Motor Carrier Safety  National
Notices Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and Subcommittee: Public Meeting 05/02/2014National
Notices Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC); Public Meeting of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Subcommittee 04/13/2014National
Notices Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Subcommittee: Public Meeting 01/28/2014National
Guidance Documents Trucking Employees Fact Sheet  National
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