Ask the Safety Rep: How Does the Updated Guidance on Using a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) for Personal Conveyance Affect Drivers & Motor Carriers?


Great question! On May 31, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changed the personal conveyance guidance. According to 49 CFR 395.8, Question 26, “The CMV may be used for personal conveyance even if it is laden, since the load is not being transported for the commercial benefit of the carrier at that time.” This clarification is the primary change. Past guidance did not allow the use of laden CMV’s for personal conveyance. The driver and motor carrier are still responsible for operating the vehicle safely, and while a mileage and/or time limitation for personal conveyance was not established, motor carriers are encouraged to implement their own company personal conveyance policy that is stricter than the FMCSA’s rule.