FMCSA has now published the final rule regarding the definition of Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). The Final Rule is effective April 18, 2014.

The Final Rule sets the definition of GCWR as:

§ 390.5 Definitions.  

Gross combination weight rating (GCWR) is the greater of:

(1) A value specified by the manufacturer of the power unit, if such value is displayed on the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) certification label required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or

(2) The sum of the gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) or the gross vehicle weights (GVWs) of the power unit and the towed unit(s), or any combination thereof, that produces the highest value. Exception: The GCWR of the power unit will not be used to define a commercial motor vehicle when the power unit is not towing another vehicle.

If you would like to see the entire ruling, click on the link below:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-19/pdf/2014-05502.pdf