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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 2010 COHMED Conference Training Session IV James O. Simmons Chief, Hazardous.

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1 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 2010 COHMED Conference Training Session IV James O. Simmons Chief, Hazardous Material Division January 25, 2010

2 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation What will be covered in this Session? Prior to April 16, 2009 Regulations as we knew it The “misconception” of the exception FMCSA action Oh Boy here it comes!!! The Aftermath Where are we today and what did we learn?

3 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Prior to April 16, 2009 HM transported w/o correct amount of insurance 49 CFR 387 was not uniformly applied and parts were misinterpreted Over 12,000 motor carriers was not identified as having the correct amount of insurance in L&I 49 CFR (g) was hailed King of all regulation

4 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Regulation as we knew it 49 CFR CFR CFR CFR (g)

5 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR The minimum levels of financial responsibility referred to in §387.7 of this subpart are hereby prescribed as follows: §387.7 (3) For-hire and Private (In interstate or foreign commerce, in any quantity; or in intrastate commerce, in bulk only; with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds). Oil listed in 49 CFR ; hazardous waste, hazardous materials, and hazardous substances defined in 49 CFR and listed in 49 CFR , but not mentioned in (2) above or (4) below requires $1,000,00049 CFR CFR

6 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR Hazardous material means a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has designated as hazardous under section 5103 of Federal hazardous materials transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5103). The term includes hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, marine pollutants, elevated temperature materials, materials designated as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Table (see 49 CFR ), and materials that meet the defining criteria for hazard classes and divisions in part 173 of subchapter C of this chapter.

7 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR Vehicle, flammable gas powered, 9, UN3166 Vehicle, flammable liquid powered, 9, UN3166

8 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR (g) Exceptions. Except as provided in paragraph (e)(2) of this section, shipments made under the provisions of this section— (1)Are not subject to any other requirements of this subchapter, for transportation by motor vehicle or rail car; and (2) Are not subject to the requirements of subparts D, E and F (marking, labeling and placarding, respectively) of part 172 of this subchapter or § of this subchapter (emergency response telephone number)…

9 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation The “Misconception” of the Exception The exception, 49 CFR § (g) under the Hazardous Materials Regulations, which excuses the carrier from the marking, labeling, and shipping paper requirements of the HMR, does not extend to the insurance requirements under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Motor carriers that transport vehicles, defined as HM in 49 CFR §171.8 and listed in 49 CFR § , are considered a HM motor carrier, and must maintain the minimum level of financial responsibility regardless of the type of operation (i.e. car haulers, household good movers).

10 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Now hold on a Minute!!! Interpretation of Tow- away Operations under emergency conditions Intrastate transportation of Hazardous Materials

11 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation FMCSA Actions Gathered and Analyzed Data Policy to Field Prepared notification to affected industry

12 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Oh Boy!! Here it comes 3½ weeks of phone calls IT system overload Additional staff burden Clarification to Senior Management of actions taken

13 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation The Aftermath Worked with Associations Uniform Enforcement Policy New process for industry notification

14 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Where are we today and what did we learn? IT system should be updated Regulation should be updated Updated and uniform policy

15 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Questions

16 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation James O. Simmons Division Chief Hazardous Materials Division


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