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What is Commercial Motor Vehicle?


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June 16, 2015 6:32PM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle in 390.5 as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle......(4 features).

My question is: the same motor vehicle but in intrastate commerce, is not a commercial motor vehicle?


Any Pick-up truck in Calif must be registered commercial. But that's just a money-grab by the State. Calif law defines a commercial vehicle as any motor vehicle, including passenger cars used on public roadways for the purpose of hire (taxi) or cargo transport for financial compensation. Other words, if you use your car or truck to make money it's commercial. They make certain exemptions for example a Pizza-delivery guy is not commercial. (Again, the top is not my work but somehow my name is there, I don't want credit for somebody else's good work -Ron