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  • § 392.3
    Ill or fatigued operator.
  • § 392.5
    Alcohol prohibition.
  • § 392.6
    Schedules to conform with speed limits.
  • § 392.9
    Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices and systems.
  • § 392.10
    Railroad grade crossings; stopping required.
  • § 392.14
    Hazardous conditions; extreme caution.
  • § 392.16
    Use of seat belts.
  • § 392.60
    Unauthorized persons not to be transported.

Part 392

Section § 392.9: Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices and systems.

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Question 1: Is a vehicle’s cargo compartment considered sealed according to the terms of §392.9(b)(4) when it is secured with a padlock, to which the driver holds a key?

Guidance: No. The driver has ready access to the cargo compartment by using the padlock key and would be required to perform the examinations of the cargo and load-securing devices described in §392.9(b).

Question 2: Does the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have authority to enforce the safe loading requirements against a shipper that is not the motor carrier?

Guidance: No, unless HM as defined in §172.101 are involved. It is the responsibility of the motor carrier and the driver to ensure that any cargo aboard a vehicle is properly loaded and secured.

Question 3: How may the motor carrier determine safe loading when a shipper has loaded and sealed the trailer?

Guidance: Under these circumstances, a motor carrier may fulfill its responsibilities for proper loading a number of ways. Examples are:

  • a. Arrange for supervision of loading to determine compliance; or
  • b. Obtain notation on the connecting line freight bill that the lading was properly loaded; or
  • c. Obtain approval to break the seal to permit inspection.

Question 4: Is there a requirement that a driver must personally load, block, brace, and tie down the cargo on the property carrying Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) he/she drives?

Guidance: No. But the driver is required to be familiar with methods and procedures for securing cargo, and may have to adjust the cargo or load securing devices pursuant to §392.9(b).

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