TO: All U.S. Local Unions
FROM: LaMont Byrd, Director Safety and Health Department
DATE: June 7, 2016
RE: Final Rule – Seat Belt Use – Commercial Drivers
Please be advised that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised 49 CFR Part 392.16 to require operators of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to wear a seat belt while operating the CMV when the vehicle is equipped with a seat belt assembly. The Final Rule also requires that all passengers who are riding in the property-carrying CMV be properly restrained by a seat belt when the CMV is equipped with a seat belt assembly.
The effective date of this Final Rule is August 8, 2016. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Safety and Health Department at (202) 624-6960 or via email at IBTSafety@teamster.org.