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Federal Government Issues New 15-Passenger Van Safety Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued new rules to improve the safety of "commercial" 9 to 15 passenger vans and small buses that are used in interstate commerce. "These requirements will help improve safety for occupants of these vehicles, which are known to pose serious safety risks," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said.

Under the new rules, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) will apply to all companies operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) in interstate commerce for "direct compensation" when the vehicle is operated beyond a 75-mile radius from the location where the driver normally works. Drivers of these vehicles will be required to meet the same physical qualifications and hours-of-service rules as motor ...

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  • January 1, 2004

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