commercial motor vehicle

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Definition - What does commercial motor vehicle mean?

A commercial motor vehicle is a definition of vehicles that fall under DOT regulations. It includes a combination of different motor vehicles categorized by independent variables including gross weight size, functionality, and occupancy during transit purposes. For instance, some heavy motor vehicles are specially designed for transporting commercial goods to and from destination(s), including carriage of hazardous materials. Additionally, other motor vehicles are employed for conveying a designated number of passengers, including its driver, provided the fact that every motor vehicle is structurally distinct in terms meeting performance standards in conformity to department of transportation (DOT) regulations.

SureHire explains commercial motor vehicle

A commercial motor vehicle is a motor vehicle used for transport of commercials goods and products, including hazardous materials that require mandatory safety placards, as well as commuting passengers on circuit routes like buses. Commercial motor vehicles fall under a subset of operational usage in compliance with department of transportation (DOT) safety standards identifying various factors, such as gross weight rating performance including towed units, number of passengers allowed, and the specific nature of contents (hazardous materials) being transported to specific locations. The exact technical requirements of a commercial motor vehicle are defined in DOT guidelines under Title 49, Subtitle B, Chapter III, Subchapter B, Part 383, and are subject to revision as legislation changes.

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