FMCSA Changes Truck-Trailer Weight Definition
In a move to clarify enforcement practices, the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing the definition
of weight in single-unit trucks that are towing a trailer.
The final rule aims to provide an easy way to determine if a
driver of this particular configuration must have a Commercial
Driver’s License. It comes in response to a petition from the
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which represents
enforcement officers who have found it difficult to determine
the status of these rigs.
The change concerns the relationship between “gross combination
weight rating” and “commercial motor vehicle.”It says enforcement
officials can determine the GCWR from the certification label on
the power unit. If that information is not on the label, the GCWR
can be determined by adding the gross vehicle weights on the labels
of both units. If the methods produce different numbers,
the higher number will apply.
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