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Common Misconceptions Regarding the Applicability of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

January 15, 2015

This article was written by Erica Holzman for the Volume XI – Issue 3 – 2014-2015 issue of the Carlock, Copeland & Stair Quarterly Newsletter.

There is a common misconception that only tractor trailers or drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and other state safety regulations. In fact, the FMCSR can apply to various drivers, vehicles and organizations such as church vans, school shuttles, or large pickup trucks. The applicable regulations are generally determined by the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating and the vehicle’s purpose.

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