Federal law pre-empts Ala. coil law: ruling

Mar 05, 2013 | 04:28 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Alabama Metal Coil Securement Act, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Bob Riley, cost burdens, preemption, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Federal laws override an Alabama law regulating the securement of metal coils on trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ruled.

"FMCSA has determined there is insufficient support for the claimed safety benefits and that the (Alabama law) places an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce," according to the decision published March 5 in the Federal Register. "The ripple effect of the (law) in imposing both potential burdens and costs beyond dedicated metal-coil transporters is extensive." The ruling goes into effect April 4.....

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