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Do the FMCSRs apply to Indian Tribal Governments?


Question 20: Do the FMCSRs apply to Indian Tribal Governments?

Guidance: Under § 390.3T(f)(2), transportation performed by the Federal Government, States, or political subdivisions of a State is generally exempt from the FMCSRs. Since 1997, FHWA and FMCSA have likewise not enforced the FMCSRs against Indian Tribal Governments.  FMCSA reaffirms that longstanding position. Thus, when a driver is employed by and is operating a CMV owned by a governmental entity, neither the driver, the vehicle, nor the entity is subject to the FMCSRs, with the following exceptions:

(1) The requirements of part 383 relating to CMV driver licensing standards;

(2) The drug testing requirements in part 382;

(3) Alcohol testing when an employee is performing, about to perform, or just performed safety-sensitive functions. For the purposes of alcohol testing, safety-sensitive functions are defined in §382.107 as any of those on-duty functions set forth in §395.2 On-Duty time, paragraphs (1) through (6), (generally, driving and related activities) and;

(4) The accident report retention requirements of §390.15 are applicable when the governmental entity is performing interstate charter transportation of passengers.

Regulatory Topic: Applicability of FMCSRs to Indian Tribal Governments
Effective Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Issued Date: Friday, February 28, 2020