FMCSA Releases New Guidance for Motor Carriers of Passengers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued new guidance to organizations and businesses that transport passengers in interstate commerce, clarifying existing FMCSA regulations and requirements.

As the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles, FMCSA's mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks, buses and other motor carriers of passengers.

FMCSA partners with the industry, safety advocates, and state and local governments to help keep our nation's roadways safe and improve highway safety through regulation, education, enforcement, research, and technology.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) set minimum safety standards for motor carriers, vehicles, and drivers operating in interstate commerce – defined generally as trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States traveling across state lines. An organization or a business operating a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce, unless otherwise specifically exempted, is subject to the FMCSRs.

These regulations, which may or may not apply to all motor carriers, depending on the operation, include FMCSA registration requirements, minimum levels of insurance, random drug and alcohol testing, driver licensing, hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving, vehicle safety inspection and maintenance, and other requirements.

The new guidance uses several scenarios, to help better explain the regulations and identify what entities they apply to.

FMCSA has created an online resource page to help advise organizations and businesses that may provide interstate passenger transportation services. You can view the new guidance on the FMCSA website and download several fact sheets on this topic by visiting

FMCSA has also graciously agreed to participate in a special briefing session at ABA’s Annual Meeting and Marketplace to help better explain the new guidance. The briefing will take place at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, located at 300 Lakeside Ave E (Cleveland, OH) on Tuesday, January 17 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in Room 26AB.

For questions or comments on this new guidance, contact ABA's Vice President Government Affairs Suzanne Rohde, at 202-218-7224 or

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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