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Regulatory Guidance

Welcome to the FMCSA Guidance Portal. This web portal is a searchable, indexed database that contains and links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The guidance documents contained herein lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract, and are not meant to bind the public in any way. The guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

To comment on any guidance document, or to request issuance, reconsideration, modification, or rescission of any guidance document in accordance with 49 CFR 5.41, send your request to: FMCSAguidance@dot.gov. Please identify the guidance document in your request.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
Question 25: Section 396.11 requires the driver, at the completion of each day’s work, to prepare a written report on each vehicle operated that day. Does this section require a ‘‘post trip inspection’’ of the kind described in § 396.15? FMCSA-VM-396.11-Q025 Driver vehicle inspection reports
Are drivers required to draw continuous lines between the off-duty, sleeper berth, driving, and on-duty (not driving) lines on a record of duty status when changing their duty status? FMCSA-HOS-395.8-Q13 Hours of Service Records of Duty Status
When must a contract school bus operator comply with part 387? FMCSA-INS-387.27-Q004 Contract school bus operator compliance with Part 387 Subpart B
Are personnel involved in road testing CMVs across a State line subject to the FMCSRs? FMCSA-RG-390.3T-Q005 Applicability of FMCSRs to persons road testing CMVs
Is the tillerman who controls the steerable rear axle of a vehicle so equipped a driver subject to the FMCSRs while operating in interstate commerce? FMCSA-RG-390.5T-Q014 Applicability of FMCSRs to tillermen
§391.11 General qualifications of drivers. FMCSA-DQ-391.11-Q003 General driver qualifications
Question 3: Does the prohibition against carrying alcoholic beverages in §392.5 apply to a driver who uses a company vehicle, for personal reasons, while off-duty? FMCSA-DQ-392.5-Q003 Alcohol prohibition
Is the tillerman who controls the steerable rear axle of a vehicle so equipped a driver subject to the FMCSRs while operating in interstate commerce? FMCSA-RG-390.5T-Q014 Applicability of FMCSRs to tillermen
May a urine sample collected for purposes of performing a controlled substances and alcohol test be used to test for diabetes as part of a driver’s FMCSA-required physical examination? FMCSA-MED-391.43-Q2 Driver Physical Qualification Examination
What alcohol and drug testing provisions apply to foreign drivers employed by foreign motor carriers? FMCSA-D&A-382.103-Q09 Applicability of Section 382.105