Briefly: FMCSA updates rules for hazmat | Carrier gives away bikes for kids

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is amending its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits regulations to reflect changes in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Out-of-Service criteria for inspections of shipments of transuranic waste and highway route-controlled quantities of radioactive material.

The update to the regulations will take effect Feb. 21.

Currently, FMCSA regulations reference the April 1, 2019, edition of the CVSA handbook regarding transuranic waste and highway route-controlled quantities of radioactive material. The update will reflect changes published on April 1, 2021, by CVSA.

FMCSA says there are 21 updates that distinguish the 2021 edition from the 2019 edition of the handbook, and each of the changes generally serve to clarify or provide additional guidance to inspectors regarding uniform implementation and application of the out-of-service criteria, and none is expected to affect the number of out-of-service violations cited during Level VI inspections.

Additionally, the incorporation of the 2021 edition does not change what constitutes a violation of FMCSA regulations, the agency says. 

Wisconsin carrier holds Holiday Bike Drive

Contract Transport Services (CTS), a trucking company based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, gave away more than 30 new bicycles to area youth in need as part of its seventh annual Holiday Bike Drive. The program benefits Pals of Brown County and Foundations Foster Care in the Green Bay area.

New to CTS’ Holiday Bike Drive this year was a partnership with BayCare Clinic, which offered new helmets to children who receive the bikes.

The Brown County Pals program is a service of the Brown County Human Services Department that matches children who are referred by Child Protective Services with an adult volunteer, couple or family.

Foundations Foster Care is part of Foundations Health and Wholeness that serves Northeast Wisconsin children placed in care who are in need of intensive care and nurturing away from their home. 


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