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UPDATE: Officials have agreed to “delay strict enforcement” of the new state markings regularion until January 1, 2019 in order to give carriers more time to comply. Please note that between the dates of September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, you may be issued a warning by the Massachusetts State Police if you are not in compliance with the new rules. 

Have you heard about the MA State Markings Regulation 540 CMR 2:22? 

There is a new rule requiring all commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating, or combined gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 10,001 pounds to display a “USDOT’ number with a compliance date of September 1, 2018.  The rule is different now because it affects all “heavy duty” commercial vehicles, whereas before only vehicles that traveled across state lines were required to display the information.  The updated law could now affect customers that are written on a Massachusetts Auto Policy class 30 such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.  The law applies even if you only travel within Massachusetts.

Here’s the details:

As of September 1, 2018, intrastate motor carriers in Massachusetts will be required to obtain and display a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) number per 540 CMR 2.22, the Commercial Marking section of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) regulations.

This applies to motor carriers operating the following CMVs:

  • Engaged in intrastate commerce having a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds.

  • Used in the transportation of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.

  • Designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, used in intrastate commerce in Massachusetts.

If a company operates a subject vehicle, it must be permanently marked with a USDOT number assigned in a manner conforming to the provisions of 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 390.21. Please note that the requirement for a USDOT number is based upon the definition above, regardless of how any individual vehicle may be registered with the Massachusetts RMV.

How to Obtain a USDOT number
To obtain a USDOT Number, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.  From there, follow the Registration link to obtain an intrastate USDOT number. The company will be issued a single USDOT number that must be displayed on all CMVs as defined above that the company operates, including leased vehicles. There is no charge to obtain this number from the USDOT-FMCSA. 

After September 1, 2018, failure to obtain and display a USDOT Number on a motor carrier’s vehicles may result in a civil fine and/or placement of the CMVs Out-of-Service until the company obtains a USDOT Number. Whether a company operates intrastate (meaning business is conducted solely within Massachusetts) or operates interstate (conducting business between states), a company must obtain the DOT number directly online at the FMCSA website.

Please note that the safety regulations as found in 540 CMR 14.00 and 49 CFR 390-397 pertaining to such subjects as driver licensing, medical cards, and vehicle maintenance, are not changing for intrastate carriers with the implementation of this new regulation.

Who Do I Contact with Questions?

To reach the FMCSA with questions, you can call them at 800.832.5660

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