The FMCSR Handbook contains critical regulatory information on a wide range of fleet safety topics:
- alcohol and drug testing
- CDL standards
- financial responsibility for motor carriers
- driver qualification
- safe operation of commercial motor vehicles
- hours of service
- vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance
- hazardous materials
- and much more
Click on the links below to view sample pages from J. J. Keller's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Handbook.
The May 2016 printing of the FMCSR Handbook contains the following revisions:
- Added Sections 372.245 and 372.247 regarding the commercial zones at the international border with Mexico.
- Added Section 390.300T, which postponed the compliance date for regulations regarding the lease and interchange of passenger-carrying CMVs.
The February 2016 edition of the FMCSR Handbook contains two major new regulations:
- Prohibition of Driver Coercion. This new regulation prohibits motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate in violation of the regulations. The new regulations become effective January 29, 2016.
- Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Supporting Documents. These new regulations cover the mandates for using ELDs, ELD specifications, driver harassment, and supporting documents. The regulations become effective February 16, 2016. Compliance date is December 18, 2017.
The November 2015 printing of the FMCSR Handbook contains the following revisions:
- Revisions in insurance and carrier registration requirements that were to become effective October 23, 2015, have been revised, and the effective dates have been extended to December 12, 2015, September 30, 2016, or December 31, 2016.
- Revised Question 2 in the interpretations for Section 395.15, Automatic on-board recording devices.
- Minor revisions were issued to correct errors and omissions, update cross references, and improve clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions.
The August 2015 printing of the FMCSR Handbook contains three significant revisions:
- In Part 40, changes were made to the Chain of Custody and Control Form to include electronic versions of the form.
- Revised medical form and card, and recordkeeping and reporting procedures (Part 391).
- Added regulations regarding the lease and interchange of passenger-carrying vehicles (Part 390).
The May 2015 printing of the FMCSR Handbook contains three significant revisions:
- Revised the civil penalties for violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.
- Added interpretation to Section 390.5 about a specific accident scenario and whether it meets the definition of an accident.
- Added interpretation to Section 391.21 about employer notification systems and motor vehicle records.
The February 2015 printing of the FMCSR Handbook contains two significant revisions:
- Added Editor's Notes to the 34-hour restart restrictions in Sec. 395.3 stating that the restrictions are not being enforced
- Revised the Driver's Vehicle Inspection Report requirements (Sec. 396.11)