MCSAP: What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)

Simply stated, if you use your vehicle to make money or other compensation, it may be considered a CMV, as defined by 49 CFR §390.5T

Commercial motor vehicle means any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle - 

  1. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; or 
  2. Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or 
  3. Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or 
  4. Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.

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