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Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Program

Safety Belts:  An Essential – and Easy – Boost for Commercial Driver Safety

Safety belt use remains one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important means to protect commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers

Safety belts also help prevent serious damage and injury to others, because buckled drivers are better able control their vehicles in emergencies.

By law, CMV drivers must use safety belts.  Section 392.16 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSAR), requires that:  

...a CMV which has a seat belt assembly installed at the driver’s seat shall not be driven unless the driver has properly restrained himself/herself with the seat belt assembly.

The majority of CMV drivers – have gotten the word (a record 86% of drivers now use safety belts) – thanks in part to the CMV Safety Belt Partnership.  

The partnership continues to sponsor outreach and educational initiatives to break down dangerous myths about safety belt use…and encourage use by all drivers.

A Creative Approach to Safety:  Annual Road Safety Art Contest

Learn how young artists help promote driver safety.

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2020