The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said truck drivers hauling certain agricultural commodities can now use alternate methods for cargo securement.
Federal regulators granted a five-year exemption to the Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference of American Trucking Associations, clearing a variety of alternative methods to secure agricultural commodities grouped into large singular units. The exemption was requested in January 2018 and published on April 15, 2019.
The waiver allows for alternate securement for agricultural commodities transported in wood and plastic boxes and large fiberglass tubs, or for hay, straw and cotton bales that are grouped into large singular units.
The FMCSA’s exemption is from April 15, 2019, through April 15, 2024.
Agriculture haulers in California have been operating under an exemption granted by the California Highway Patrol that allows for alternate securement methods, and FMCSA says the cargo securement requirements of federal regulations are met using the following methods:
For wood and plastic boxes and bins, AFTC proposed they should be secured by perimeter tie-downs used in pairs with corner irons, along with blocking at the front end of the trailer. Trailers 32 feet long or less would also require the use of at least one lateral tie-down in the center of the trailer, and trailers longer than 32 feet would require at least two lateral tie-downs.
Prior to the exemption, agricultural haulers were required to follow general cargo securement rules.
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