On Monday, June 6, 2016 the FMCSA announced that it was publishing a final rule in the Federal Register requiring passengers in a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) to use seat belts. The rule becomes effective Monday, August 8, 2016.
This new rule applies to any property-carrying vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) over 10,000 lbs. operated in either Interstate OR Intrastate commerce.
The rule modifies 49 CFR §392.16, which already requires the DRIVER to use seat belts. Now, a second paragraph will prohibit the driver from operating a CMV that has seat belt assemblies installed at the seats for other occupants (and prohibit the motor carrier from requiring or allowing the vehicle to be operated) "unless all other occupants are properly restrained by such seat belt assemblies."
The rule does not apply to sleeper berth restraints, which are required equipment under §393.76(h).
You can read the entire FMCSA publication here.
For questions about the rule, contact the Michigan Center for Truck Safety at 800-682-4682, or on the web at www.truckingsafety.org.