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New FMCSA Rule Imposes Penalties for Coercion of CMV Drivers

Effective January 29, 2016, motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries are prohibited from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of several provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs); the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules; the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs); and commercial regulations. Keep reading to learn what this new rule means for the transportation industry.

The final rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), published in the Federal Register on November 30, outlines the definition of coercion, the procedures for drivers to report incidents of coercion to the FMCSA, the procedures the FMCSA will follow in response to reports of coercion, and the penalties that may be imposed on parties found to have engaged in coercion.

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