Feds Zoom in on Interstate Van Use

Posted on November 19, 2003 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

WASHINGTON — A federal agency has imposed new restrictions on operators using nine- to 15-passenger vans in interstate commerce beyond a 75-air-mile radius of their home base.

Drivers of these vehicles are required, beginning Nov. 10, to meet the same physical qualifications and hours-of-service rules as motorcoach drivers, except they will not be required to have a commercial driver’s license or be tested for drugs or alcohol.

Businesses operating these vehicles will be subject to compliance reviews and the same safety fitness procedures and standards used to evaluate interstate motorcoaches.

The FMCSA estimated about 1,850 for-hire companies are affected.

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