What Is the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a federal agency that sets rules and regulations for buses and trucks such as how long a driver can drive or how to deal with hazardous materials.
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10 Myths about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations - Part 8, Off duty while loading?

Myth about FMCSRs related to what to mark on your records of duty status while loading or unloading your trailer.

4 thoughts on “What Is the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?

  • September 18, 2017 at 11:12 am

    That's really reaching. Someone would really have to go out of their way to prove it. Besides, how would anything get done if every driver logged onduty status while waiting for lumpers at a DC?? That's ludicrous!!

  • September 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    If I'm in the sleeper sleeping I'm not on duty. If I'm not allowed on the dock while the trailer is loaded I'm not on duty. I'm free to read, watch TV, or sleep. I'm not on duty. This guy is a putz.

  • September 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 134 / Friday, July 12, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 41853
    hours of Service for Commercial Motor
    Vehicle Drivers Regulatory Guidance
    for 49 CFR 395.2, Definitions
    Question 2: What conditions must be
    met for a commercial motor vehicle
    (CMV) driver to record meal and other
    routine stops made during a work shift
    as off-duty time?
    Guidance: Drivers may record meal
    and other routine stops, including a rest
    break of at least 30 minutes intended to
    satisfy 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii), as off-duty
    time provided:
    1. The driver is relieved of all duty
    and responsibility for the care and
    custody of the vehicle, its accessories,
    and any cargo or passengers it may be
    2. During the stop, and for the
    duration of the stop, the driver must be
    at liberty to pursue activities of his/her
    own choosing.
    Through the revision of the regulatory
    guidance, FMCSA makes clear that the
    motor carrier need not provide formal
    guidance, either verbal or written, to
    drivers with regard to the specific times
    and locations where rest break may be
    taken. The revised guidance also
    emphasizes that periods of time during
    which the driver is free to stop working,
    and engage in activities of his/her
    choosing, may be recorded as off-duty
    time, irrespective of whether the driver
    has the means or opportunity to leave a
    particular facility or location. All
    previously issued guidance on this
    matter should be disregarded if
    inconsistent with today’s notice.

  • September 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    wrong you do not need to be free to leave the premises..you only need to be not performing any work and not being compensated and free to engage in activities of your own choosing..


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