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New Highway-Rail Crossing Rule for Hazmat Carriers

Posted on 9/27/2013 by James Griffin

A new joint rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) aims to prevent highway-rail grade crossing crashes.   The new rule prohibits drivers of commercial motor vehicles containing certain consignments of hazardous materials from driving across highway-rail grade crossings unless there is sufficient clearance to drive completely through the crossing without stopping.
 
The rule was published pursuant to Section 32509 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and a decade of recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  Pre-rulemaking regulatory analyses indicate that this rule will prevent 2.62 crashes per year over ten years, without significant economic impact.
 
For the full text of the rule and analysis, click here.
 

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