Regulations

Feds Clarify Rules For Passenger Buses And Vans

Posted on January 11, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -– The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance on Jan. 10 to organizations and businesses that transport passengers in interstate commerce, clarifying existing FMCSA regulations and requirements that have been changed over the years through legislation, rulemaking, and litigation.

“Passengers traveling by motorcoaches, buses, and vans have every right to expect the vehicle is safe and their driver is fully qualified, without exception,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Motor carriers that are hired and receive payment to transport passengers must thoroughly understand and fully comply with safety regulations that exist to protect everyone traveling on our nation’s roadways.”

In providing this guidance, FMCSA has also constructed an online resource page (www.fmcsa.dot.gov/upcr) to help advise businesses and organizations that provide interstate passenger transportation services, including: hotel-related shuttle bus or van operations; employer-related services; education-related institutions; faith-based organizations; and passengers using multiple transportation modes (e.g., arriving by plane or train, then taking a shuttle van to an interstate bus or motorcoach).

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) set minimum safety standards for motor carriers, vehicles, and drivers operating in interstate commerce – defined generally as trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States traveling across state lines. An organization or a business operating a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce, unless otherwise specifically excepted, is subject to FMCSRs.

These regulations, which may or may not apply, depending on the operation, include FMCSA registration requirements, minimum levels of insurance, random drug and alcohol testing, driver licensing, hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving, vehicle safety inspection and maintenance, and other requirements.

“Travel by motorcoach, bus, van, or shuttle is among the safest forms of transportation in the country,” said FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III. “This guidance will help improve safety by clarifying which federal safety rules apply to certain passenger carrier operations.”

The regulatory guidance provides clarity about USDOT operating authority registration requirements, minimum levels of financial responsibility, and the applicability of safety and commercial regulations.

Click on the following link to read the passenger carrier guidance Federal Register notice and to submit comments: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/federal-register-notice-passenger-carrier-guidance

Public comments will be accepted to the docket for 60 days. FMCSA wants motor carriers of passengers and the public to be aware of applicable regulations and requirements now, however, as the statutes, regulations, and policies are currently in effect.

Click on the following link to learn more about federal passenger carrier regulations and determine if these regulations apply to your organization or business: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/upcr.

Source: FMCSA press release

Related Topics: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal regulations, FMCSA, passenger safety, Safety

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