CHICAGO The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed the Flatbed Carrier Safety Groups exemption allowing specific methods for securing metal coils. Loaders or drivers of flatbed or sided vehicles and of intermodal containers may load coils with eyes crosswise, grouped in rows, contacting each other longitudinally.
Motor carriers may continue to use the pre-Jan. 1, 2004, cargo securement regulations for the transportation of groups of metal coils with eyes crosswise, as this loading configuration is not currently covered under the agencys commodity-specific rules.
The agency concluded that renewing the exemption will maintain a level of safety that is equal to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without it. Even so, it is seeking comments on this issue, especially from anyone who believes that the standard wont be maintained. Comments are due July 11.
To date, FMCSA has not been not aware of any evidence showing that compliance with the previous cargo securement regulations for transporting multiple metal coil resulted in any degradation in safety, the agency said.