Massachusetts, US: Enforcement for a new Massachusetts State USDOT requirement for Intrastate commercial vehicles (CMVs) has been delayed until January 1, 2019, in order to allow for vehicle operators and fleet managers to comply with this new regulation.
The new regulation requires most commercial vehicles to obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation registration, number, even if it’s only used for intrastate purposes within the state of Massachusetts.
However, this does not apply to all commercial vehicles. It only applies to vehicles which fit into the following categories:
Any company operating in Massachusetts, operating a vehicle that meets the specifications, must apply a USDOT number conforming to the provisions of 49 Code of Federal Regulations 390.21.
To obtain this number, an individual or business may visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/, and follow the instructions in the Registration link. After September 1, 2018, law enforcement will begin issuing warnings for those who are not conforming to these requirements. After January 1, 2019, law enforcement will begin to issue civil fines to violators, and may require a CMV to be placed out-of-service until the required USDOT number has been obtained.
Other regulatory requirements for Massachusetts CMVs are not changing. Further questions may be directed to the FMCSA at 1-800-832-5660.