April 4, 2016 by Minuteman Trucks
Safety belt use remains one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important means to protect commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Safety belts also help prevent serious damage and injury to others, because buckled drivers are better able to control their vehicles in emergencies.
By law, CMV drivers must use safety belts. Section 392.16 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSAR), requires that:
…a CMV which has a seat belt assembly installed at the driver’s seat shall not be driven unless the driver has properly restrained himself/herself with the seat belt assembly.
Tips for increased seat belt usage:
- A company policy stating that the seat belt is to be worn in all company vehicles at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
- Defined disciplinary action in your company policy to be taken when a driver receives a seat belt violation.
- When ordering your trucks specify them with bright orange or yellow seat belts for better belt visibility.