FMCSA grants exemption to flatbed carriers hauling metal coils

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a two-year exemption from certain commodity-specific cargo securement rules applicable to motor carriers transporting metal coils. The Flatbed Carrier Safety Group applied for an exemption to allow motor carriers transporting metal coils to secure them in a manner not provided for in current regulations, specifically to secure coils grouped in rows with eyes crosswise and the coils in contact with each other in the longitudinal direction.

FCSG requested the exemption so all commercial motor vehicle operators will be able to use FMCSA’s pre-Jan. 1, 2004 cargo securement procedures for the transportation of groups of metal coils with eyes crosswise. FMCSA says it believes that permitting motor carriers to haul metal coils in this manner will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.

For more information, go to; the docket number is No. FMCSA-2010-0177.