Government, Business, Safety

Fleets Blast Hazmat Plan

Proposed changes intended to strengthen federal enforcement of fleets that haul hazardous materials would have the unintended effect of damaging the safety ratings of some of the industry’s safest operators.

August 6, 2012
Government, Business, Safety

Two DOT Agencies Pressured to Synchronize Online Databases for Carrier Hazmat Loads

The Transportation Intermediaries Association has renewed its bid to force the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to display more information in its database for consistency with another federal agency.

July 9, 2012
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Sets Changes to Flatbed, Hazmat Regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday announced a slate of changes to its safety rating system designed to ratchet up enforcement of hazardous materials carriers and mitigate an inspection bias against flatbed haulers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 27, 2012
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Accepts Hazmat Carriers’ Petition

Federal regulators have accepted a petition from several trade organizations who have complained that fluctuating federal hazardous materials safety permit requirements are causing some safe motor carriers to loose their eligibility and even cease operations.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 6, 2011
Government, Business, Safety

New Study Supports Boston Hazmat Ban

A new study has concluded that Boston should ban the transport of nearly all nonradioactive hazardous materials through the downtown and North End areas to protect the public.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2011
Government, Business, Safety

Costly Fees, Red Tape Discourage Drivers from Getting Hazmat Credentials, Hill Told

Multiple security background checks and costly fees have caused the population of truck drivers with Transportation Security Administration hazardous materials endorsements to decline by roughly 1.2 million since 2004, a top American Trucking Associations official told a congressional subcommittee last week.

May 9, 2011
Government, Business, Safety

Inspectors Gain Additional Authority to Inspect Hazmats Under New Rule

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said a new federal rule will expand the enforcement authority of federal regulators to conduct “enhanced inspections” and investigations of packaged hazardous materials.

March 14, 2011
Government, Business, Safety

Groups Criticize New Rule on Special Hazmat Permits

Several trade groups told federal regulators that requiring more detailed information on applications for special permits to haul hazardous materials will not increase hazmat safety and will increase the paperwork burden on applicants.

September 6, 2010