The American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Meeting has requested an exemption from cargo securement rules for specific agricultural commodities to allow for what it says are safer securement procedures.
AFTC in its exemption software states there are no commodity-specific tie-down principles for agricultural commodities transported in wooden and plastic packing containers and huge fiberglass tubs, or for hay, straw and cotton bales that are grouped into huge singular models. Due to the fact there are no specific principles for these items, haulers have to comply with FMCSA’s common cargo securement requirements.
The group provides that ag haulers in California have been operating underneath an exemption granted by the California Freeway Patrol that makes it possible for alternate securement procedures due to the fact the common federal cargo securement requirements “resulted in a significantly less safe agricultural commodity cargo securement ecosystem,” AFTC says in its request.
AFTC is proposing alternate securement procedures for packing containers, bins and tubs through the transportation of agricultural items from the subject or storage to the to start with stage of processing and the return of vacant containers to the subject or storage location.
For wooden and plastic packing containers and bins, AFTC proposes they really should be secured by perimeter tie-downs utilised in pairs with corner irons, alongside with blocking at the entrance end of the trailer. Trailers 32 toes extended or significantly less would also have to have the use of at the very least a person lateral tie-down in the heart of the trailer, AFTC proposes. Trailers lengthier than 32 toes would have to have at the very least two lateral tie-downs.
The group proposes that fiberglass tubs be secured with at the very least two perimeter tie-downs – a person attached in the vicinity of the entrance ideal corner of the trailer crossing diagonally to the left rear corner of the tub, and a person attached in the vicinity of the entrance left corner of the trailer and extending to the ideal rear corner of the tub.
Ultimately, for baled cotton, hay, straw and other similar commodities in horizontal bales would have to be secured with at the very least two parallel longitudinal tie-downs around the prime of the load and by at the very least 4 cross tie-downs if loaded far more than a person tier higher. Vertical bales would have to be secured with two perimeter tie-downs. If stacked in two tiers, the group proposes two longitudinal tie-downs that prolong around the prime of the load and at the very least 4 cross tie-downs.
If granted, the exemption would utilize to truckers nationwide hauling freight that meets the requirements for the exemption.
The Federal Motor Provider Basic safety Administration is searching for general public remark on AFTC’s exemption request, which can be created right here through Feb. 5.