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FMCSA Issues HOS Waiver for Anhydrous Ammonia

Today, March 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a limited 90-day waiver from the federal Hours of Service regulations for the transportation of anhydrous ammonia to local farm retailers for the 2010 spring planting season. ATA's Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) has been working very hard on this important issue that impacts AFTC members transporting anhydrous ammonia for farm use during the busy planting season.

Gratitude is due to U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer(R-Mo.) for leading efforts on this issue as well as several other members of Congress. AFTC also appreciates the work of other agricultural organizations that cooperated to achieve success on this issue.

All carriers involved in this segment of business should read carefully thefull announcement and take note of conditions for the waiver. The waiver only applies to delivery of anhydrous ammonia within a 100 air-mile radius by motor carriers with a "satisfactory" safety rating or "unrated." Any accident which occurs while operating under this waiver must be reported and must include several details as listed in the notice.

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