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  • § 390.1
    Purpose.
  • § 390.3
    General applicability.
  • § 390.5
    Definitions.
  • § 390.7
    Rules of construction.
  • § 390.9
    State and local laws, effect on.
  • § 390.11
    Motor carrier to require observance of driver regulations.
  • § 390.13
    Aiding or abetting violations.
  • § 390.15
    Assistance in investigations and special studies.
  • § 390.16
    [RESERVED]
  • § 390.17
    Additional equipment and accessories.
  • § 390.19
    Motor carrier, hazardous material shipper, and intermodal equipment provider identification reports.
  • § 390.21
    Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment.
  • § 390.23
    Relief from regulations.
  • § 390.25
    Extension of relief from regulations—emergencies.
  • § 390.27

    Locations of motor carrier safety service centers.

    §390.27 Locations of motor carrier safety service centers.
    Service centerTerritory includedLocation of office
    EasternCT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, PR, RI, VA, VT, Virgin Islands, WV802 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite N, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.
    MidwesternIA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, MN NE., OH, WI4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 300A, Matteson, IL 60443.
    SouthernAL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN1800 Century Boulevard, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30345-3220.
    WesternAmerican Samoa, AK, AZ, CA, CO, Guam, HI, ID, Mariana Islands, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WYGolden Hills Office Centre, 12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-300, Lakewood, CO 80215.

    Note 1: Canadian carriers, for information regarding proper service center, contact an FMCSA division (State) office in AK, ME, MI, MT, NY, ND, VT, or WA.

    Note 2: Mexican carriers are handled through the four southern border divisions and the Western Service Center. For information regarding the proper service center, contact an FMCSA division (State) office in AZ, CA, NM, or TX.

  • § 390.29
    Location of records or documents.
  • § 390.31
    Copies of records or documents.
  • § 390.33
    Commercial motor vehicles used for purposes other than defined.
  • § 390.35
    Certificates, reports, and records: Falsification, reproduction, or alteration.
  • § 390.37
    Violation and penalty.
  • § 390.39
    Exemptions for “covered farm vehicles.”
  • § 390.40
    What responsibilities do intermodal equipment providers have under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 350-399)?
  • § 390.42
    What are the responsibilities of drivers and motor carriers operating intermodal equipment?
  • § 390.44
    What are the procedures to correct the safety record of a motor carrier or an intermodal equipment provider?
  • § 390.46
    Are State and local laws and regulations on the inspection, repair, and maintenance of intermodal equipment preempted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?
  • § 390.101
    Scope.
  • § 390.103
    Eligibility requirements for medical examiner certification.
  • § 390.105
    Medical examiner training programs.
  • § 390.107
    Medical examiner certification testing.
  • § 390.109
    Issuance of the FMCSA medical examiner certification credential.
  • § 390.111
    Requirements for continued listing on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
  • § 390.113
    Reasons for removal from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
  • § 390.115
    Procedure for removal from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
  • § 390.201
    USDOT Registration.
  • § 390.203
    PRISM State registration/biennial updates.
  • § 390.205
    Special requirements for registration.
  • § 390.207
    Other governing regulations.
  • § 390.209
    Pre-authorization safety audit.

Part 390
FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL

§ 390.21: Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment.

(a) General. Every self-propelled CMV subject to subchapter B of this chapter must be marked as specified in paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of this section, and each unit of intermodal equipment interchanged or offered for interchange to a motor carrier by an intermodal equipment provider subject to subchapter B of this chapter must be marked as specified in paragraph (g) of this section.
(b) Nature of marking. The marking must display the following information:
(1) The legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier operating the self-propelled CMV, as listed on the motor carrier identification report (Form MCS-150) and submitted in accordance with § 390.19.
(2) The identification number issued by FMCSA to the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider, preceded by the letters “USDOT.”
(3) If the name of any person other than the operating carrier appears on the CMV, the name of the operating carrier must be followed by the information required by paragraphs (b)(1), and (2) of this section, and be preceded by the words “operated by.”
(4) Other identifying information may be displayed on the vehicle if it is not inconsistent with the information required by this paragraph.
(c) Size, shape, location, and color of marking. The marking must—
(1) Appear on both sides of the self-propelled CMV;
(2) Be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters are placed;
(3) Be readily legible, during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet (15.24 meters) while the CMV is stationary; and
(4) Be kept and maintained in a manner that retains the legibility required by paragraph (c)(3) of this section.
(d) Construction and durability. The marking may be painted on the CMV or may consist of a removable device, if that device meets the identification and legibility requirements of paragraph (c) of this section, and such marking must be maintained as required by paragraph (c)(4) of this section.
(e) Rented CMVs. A motor carrier operating a self-propelled CMV under a rental agreement having a term not in excess of 30 calendar days meets the requirements of this section if:
(1) The CMV is marked in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs (b) through (d) of this section; or
(2) The CMV is marked as set forth in paragraph (e)(2)(i) through (iv) of this section:
(i) The legal name or a single trade name of the lessor is displayed in accordance with paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section.
(ii) The lessor's identification number preceded by the letters “USDOT” is displayed in accordance with paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section; and
(iii) The rental agreement entered into by the lessor and the renting motor carrier conspicuously contains the following information:
(A) The name and complete physical address of the principal place of business of the renting motor carrier;
(B) The identification number issued the renting motor carrier by the FMCSA, preceded by the letters “USDOT,” if the motor carrier has been issued such a number. In lieu of the identification number required in this paragraph, the following may be shown in the rental agreement:
(1) Information which indicates whether the motor carrier is engaged in “interstate” or “intrastate” commerce; and
(2) Information which indicates whether the renting motor carrier is transporting hazardous materials in the rented CMV;
(C) The sentence: “This lessor cooperates with all Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials nationwide to provide the identity of customers who operate this rental CMV”; and
(iv) The rental agreement entered into by the lessor and the renting motor carrier is carried on the rental CMV during the full term of the rental agreement. See the leasing regulations at 49 CFR part 376 for information that should be included in all leasing documents.
(f) Driveaway services. In driveaway services, a removable device may be affixed on both sides or at the rear of a single driven vehicle. In a combination driveaway operation, the device may be affixed on both sides of any one unit or at the rear of the last unit. The removable device must display the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier and the motor carrier's USDOT number.
(g) Intermodal equipment. (1) The requirements for marking intermodal equipment apply to each intermodal equipment provider, as defined in § 390.5, that interchanges or offers for interchange intermodal equipment to a motor carrier.
(2) Each unit of intermodal equipment interchanged or offered for interchange to a motor carrier by an intermodal equipment provider subject to subchapter B of this chapter must identify the intermodal equipment provider.
(3) The intermodal equipment provider must be identified by its legal name or a single trade name and the identification number issued by FMCSA, preceded by the letters “USDOT.”
(4) The intermodal equipment must be identified as follows, using any one of the following methods:
(i) The identification marking must appear on the curb side of the item of equipment. It must be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters are placed. The letters must be readily legible, during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet (15.24 meters) while the CMV is stationary; and be kept and maintained in a manner that retains this legibility; or
(ii) The identification marking must appear on a label placed upon the curb side of the item of equipment. The label must be readily visible and legible to an inspection official during daylight hours when the vehicle is stationary. The label must be a color that contrasts sharply with the background on which it is placed, and the letters must also contrast sharply in color with the background of the label. The label must be kept and maintained in a manner that retains this legibility; or
(iii) The USDOT number of the intermodal equipment provider must appear on the interchange agreement so that it is clearly identifiable to an inspection official. The interchange agreement must include additional information to identify the specific item of intermodal equipment (such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and 4-character Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) code and 6-digit unique identifying number); or
(iv) The identification marking must be shown on a document placed in a weathertight compartment affixed to the frame of the item of intermodal equipment. The color of the letters used in the document must contrast sharply in color with the background of the document. The document must include additional information to identify the specific item of intermodal equipment (such as the VIN and 4-character SCAC code and 6-digit unique identifying number).
(v) The USDOT number of the intermodal equipment provider is maintained in a database that is available via real-time internet and telephonic access. The database must:
(A) Identify the name and USDOT number of the intermodal equipment provider responsible for the intermodal equipment, in response to an inquiry that includes:
(i) SCAC plus trailing digits, or
(ii) License plate number and State of license, or
(iii) VIN of the item of intermodal equipment.
(B) Offer read-only access for inquiries on individual items of intermodal equipment, without requiring advance user registration, a password, or a usage fee.

Citation: [65 FR 35296, June 2, 2000, as amended at 73 FR 76821, Dec. 17, 2008; 74 FR 68708, Dec. 29, 2009; 77 FR 59827, Oct. 1, 2012; 78 FR 58482, Sept. 24, 2013]

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