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This topic covers safety requirements for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including vehicle inspections. A CMV is defined as a self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds or more, OR is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation, OR designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers not for compensation, OR is used in transporting hazardous materials.

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Final Rules 19 CFR 390 - Rescission of Certain Emergency Exemptions 04/10/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 177 - Highway-Rail Grade Crossing; Safe Clearance 09/25/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 367 - Fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement 01/05/2018National
Final Rules 49 CFR 367 - Fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement 12/28/2018National
Final Rules 49 CFR 369 - Rescission of Quarterly Financial Reporting Requirements 12/17/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 380, 383, and 384 - Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level CMV Operators--Further delay of effective date 05/23/2017National
Final Rules 49 CFR 380, 383, and 384 - Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators 03/22/2017National
Final Rules 49 CFR 383 and 390 - Gross Combination Weight Rating; Definition 03/19/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 383 and 390 - Motor Carrier Management Information System Changes To Improve Uniformity in the Treatment of Inspection Violation Data 06/05/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 385 - Incorporation by Reference; North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria; Hazardous Materials Safety Permits 05/15/2014National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 385, 386, and 390 - Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers; Prohibition 05/13/2014National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 386 - Withdrawal: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Brokers 06/04/2017National
Final Rules 49 CFR 390 - Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers 06/16/2017National
Final Rules 49 CFR 391 - Guidance on Medical Examiner's Certification Integration Final Rule Regarding Use of Driver Examination Forms 12/21/2015National
Final Rules 49 CFR 392 - Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts; Correction 07/06/2016National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 -- Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Regulatory Guidance for Oil Field Exceptions 08/06/2012National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 396 - Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report 09/06/2013National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 571 and 49 CFR 393 - Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Speed Limiting Devices 11/07/2016National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR Parts 370 et al - Electronic Documents and Signatures 04/27/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR Subtitle B Chapter III -- Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 10/01/2012National
Directives 7/19/1993 - DIS .4B CH-2 - Changes to the Revised Section 11(c)/405 Investigator's Manual 07/22/2003National
Questions & Answers A business operates a park and uses a commercial motor vehicle as a "people mover" to move people from the park's parking lot to the park entrance. Would this be considered "open to public travel" and require the operator to have a CDL license? 09/21/2018National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request: Lease and Interchange of Vehicles 03/27/2014National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles 03/09/2014National
Questions & Answers Are there any federal or Texas state DOT requirements for organizations like YMCAs that transport children in regulated vehicles to have an electronic child safety alarm (or similar) equipped in the vehicle? 06/28/2018National
Speaker's Notes Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections - Script View  National
Handouts Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (PPT)  National
Quizzes Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (Word)  National
Notices Notice of Reinstatement of Informal Hearing Procedure 03/27/2014National
Notices Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Certification for Commercial Motor Vehicles Operated by United States-Domiciled Motor Carriers; Withdrawal 12/30/2015National
Notices Pilot Program on NAFTA Trucking Provisions 04/10/2014National
Notices Public listening sessions: Knowledge Testing of New Entrant Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers 03/09/2014National
Notices Sunshine Act Meetings 03/30/2014National
Notices Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors; Request for Nominations 04/16/2014National
Questions & Answers We have a mobile bucket truck and a mobile crane. I realize that they fall under the OSHA standards. My question is with what DOT standards must they adhere to if they are driven down the road? 03/29/2010National
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