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Hazardous materials registration fees for trucking companies will drop by $100 to $1,700, depending on carrier size, effective March 3. In July 2002, 15 organizations sued DOT’s Research and Special Programs Administration in federal court to block the agency from collecting any more fees until a surplus in the emergency preparedness grants funds is spent. RSPA’s response was to reduce the fees. For a copy of the rule, visit this site.

Hazmat carriers will again receive visits from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to check security measures against terrorism. An FMCSA team will visit 700 hazmat carriers by October 2004. Targeted carriers include those that haul highly explosive cargo, poisonous gases and radioactive material.

Bill Graves, whose tenure as governor of Kansas ended last month, became president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations on Jan. 15. Graves grew up in a trucking family. His father operated Graves Truck Lines for almost 50 years before the family sold it in 1979.

William Canary, whose tenure as American Trucking Associations president and CEO ended in January, has been named president of the Business Council of Alabama, based in Montgomery. BCA is bipartisan, nonprofit association representing the interests of 5,000 businesses throughout the state.