The final regulation requiring
all interstate commercial motor vehicles to comply with new performance
standards for securing cargo went into effect Dec. 26, 2002. However,
motor carriers have until Jan. 1, 2004, to fully comply with the
new regs. Until then, carriers have the option of complying with
the existing or the new set of standards.
In some cases, the changes
may require motor carriers to increase the number of tiedowns used
to secure certain types of cargoes. However, the regulation generally
does not prohibit the use of tiedowns or cargo securement devices
currently in use.
The new standards address
all types of articles of cargo, except commodities in bulk that
lack a fixed shape or structure (sand, gravel, liquids, etc.) that
are transported in a device that forms part of the structure of
the commercial motor vehicle (hopper, tank, etc.). In general, the
standards address cargo placement and restraint; minimum strength
of cargo securement devices and systems; how the working load limit
of a tiedown is determined; and how to determine the minimum number
of tiedowns required.
The new standards also address
specific securement requirements for certain commodities including
logs, dressed lumber, metal coils, paper rolls, concrete pipe, intermodal
containers, automobiles, light trucks and vans, heavy vehicles,
equipment and machinery, flattened or crushed vehicles, roll-on/roll-off
or hook-lift containers, and large boulders.