The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration announced Dec. 17 it is prohibiting the use of more
than 300 cargo tanks equipped with rear-end protection devices that do not
comply with specifications in the federal hazardous materials regulations.
The notice is in the Dec. 12 Federal Register.
The rear-end protection
devices were designed and certified by Chemical Transportation Equipment Consultants
(CTEC), Lubbock, TX. The certified designs were sold to Bulk Truck and Transport
in Hanover, IN, and Eagle Fabrication and Repair of Oak Harbor, OH. The companies
then used the designs to manufacture rear-end protection devices and install
them on cargo tanks.
The tanks primarily transport
anhydrous ammonia, propane and other compressed gases. Failure of the protection
devices in a rear impact collision may cause the cargo tanks to leak, which
could result in serious injury, death and property damage.
FMCSA is notifying the
owners of these tanks that they are no longer authorized to transport hazmat
in the tanks unless they are modified to meet federal safety standards. FMCSA
also is requesting documentation from the owners of these tanks showing that
modifications have brought these cargo tanks into compliance or that the tanks
have been removed from hazmat service.