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FMCSA proposes amending OOS criteria for hazmat safety permits

Update calls for using updated version of CVSA handbook

Posted January 1, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to reference the updated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) handbook as part of the requirements for motor carriers who are required to possess Hazardous Materials Safety Permits.

The Out-of-Service Criteria provide uniform enforcement tolerances for roadside inspections to enforcement personnel nationwide, including FMCSA’s state partners. Currently, the regulations reference the April 1, 2016, edition of the handbook. The FMCSA is proposing to incorporate by reference the April 1, 2018, edition.

Carriers are required to carry Hazardous Materials Safety Permits for certain highly hazardous materials, including highway route-controlled qualities of radioactive materials. Section 385.415(b)(1) requires that motor carriers ensure a pre-trip inspection is performed on each motor vehicle to be used to transport a highway route-controlled quantity of a Class 7 (radioactive) material, in accordance with the CVSA handbook.

Comments on the document, filed in the Federal Register on December 31, 2018, will be accepted until January 30, 2019. Comments may be submitted online at, using document number FMCSA-2018-0165.

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