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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 19. Public Safety
Agency 30. Department Of State Police
Chapter 20. Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

19VAC30-20-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Commercial motor vehicle" means any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the highways in commerce to transport passengers or property if such vehicle (i) has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, whichever is greater, of more than 10,000 pounds when operated interstate or more than 26,000 pounds when operated intrastate; (ii) is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, regardless of weight; or (iii) is used to transport hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards by regulations issued under authority of Article 7 (§ 10.1-1450 et seq.) of Chapter 14 of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia, Transportation of Hazardous Materials.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles of the Commonwealth.

"Motor carrier" means a common carrier by motor vehicle, a contract carrier by motor vehicle or a private carrier of property or passengers by motor vehicle. This term also encompasses any agent, officer, representative or employee who is responsible for hiring, supervision, training, assignment or dispatching of drivers.

"Planting and harvesting season" means January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year as it relates to these regulations only.

"Safety inspections" means the detailed examination of a vehicle for compliance with safety regulations promulgated under § 52-8.4 of the Code of Virginia and includes a determination of the qualifications of the driver and his hours of service.

"Superintendent" means the Superintendent of the Department of State Police of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"Transport vehicle" means any vehicle owned or leased by a motor carrier used in the transportation of goods or persons.

Statutory Authority

§ 52-8.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-1 § 1.1, eff. July 9, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 10, eff. April 1, 1990; (amended § 395.8) Volume 8, Issue 10, eff. March 11, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 10, eff. March 10, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 10, eff. March 9, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 11, eff. March 22, 1995; Volume 12, Issue 11, eff. March 20, 1996; Volume 13, Issue 11, eff. March 19, 1997; Volume 14, Issue 11, eff. March 18, 1998; Volume 19, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2003.

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