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Federal Highway Administration has issued a final rule allowing carriers to haul Class 1 explosives or other munitions specified by the Defense Department in tractor-trailers equipped with dromedaries. The change to size and weight rules is needed, FHWA said, because shipping these non-compatible explosives in the same vehicle combination, where one part of the cargo may be separately carried in the dromedary unit, reduces the number of vehicles needed to transport munitions and increases military readiness.

For a copy of the final rule, visit this site and search Docket No. 11819.

The Department of Transportation appointed Brigham McCown chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, effective July 28. He will head up FMCSA’s legal activities. McCown joins FMCSA from the Dallas office of the law firm Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. He also served as counsel to the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign during the Florida recount process. Previously, McCown was an aviator in the U.S. Navy, accumulating over 1,500 flight hours in Operation Desert Storm, Haiti’s Operation Support Democracy and other deployments. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1988, and a law degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1997.