News Digest – DOT 53-16

Source: News Digest – DOT 53-16

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for the Immediate Repair and Retesting of TYTAL Cargo Tanks.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a safety advisory to provide notice to owners and operators of cargo tank motor vehicles manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio (TYTAL), USDOT No. 2164338, CT-12407, with capacities of 8,400, 8,717, and 10,500 gallons and primarily used for the transportation of petroleum crude oil.  These cargo tanks are NOT in compliance with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and do NOT meet 49 CFR 178.346, DOT 406.  The cargo tanks with capacities of 8,400 and 8,717 gallons have been found to have inadequate accident damage protection pursuant to 49 CFR 178.345-8(c)(1).  The cargo tanks with a capacity of 10,500 gallons have been found to have inadequate venting capacity of pressure relief systems pursuant to 49 CFR 178.345-10(e), and inadequate accident damage protection pursuant to 49 CFR 178.345-8(c)(1).  Until sufficient repairs and testing have been completed to make the cargo tanks compliant with the HMR, the continued use of these cargo tanks in hazardous materials service is NOT authorized, regardless of the vehicle’s last test and inspection date; owners and operators are subject to immediate enforcement and fines.  Click here to read the full safety advisory.  Owners and operators with questions are directed to contact FMCSA’s Hazardous Materials Division at fmcsa.cargotank@dot.gov.  Media contact:  Duane DeBruyne:  (202) 366-9999.