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Boston given extension over hazmat policy

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, May 21, 2010 @ 02:58 AM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have granted the city of Boston a 45-day extension on their current hazardous materials carrier policies for the second time.

The current rules restrict where trucks carrying hazmat loads can travel, causing longer routes and night hours for truckers operating in the city. They were established in 2006. However, these policies have produced contentious feelings with haulers, especially the American Trucking Association. The ATA filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after Boston first put the restrictions in place.

In November, FMCSA sided with the carriers, and voided Boston's policy. They cited inconsistencies with the set limitations and federally established route procedures.

The ATA hopes that the city will reconsider its routing policy to better work with hazmat truckers.

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