The FMCSA’s Definition of Coercion: “Coercion occurs when a motor carrier, shipper, receiver, or transportation intermediary threatens to withhold work from, take employment action against, or punish a driver for refusing to operate in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and the Federal Motor Carrier Commercial Regulations (FMCCRs).  Coercion may be found to have taken place even if a violation has not occurred.  An example of coercion is when a motor carrier terminates a driver for refusing to accept a load that would require the driver to violate the hours […]