FMCSA issues safety advisory for TYTAL cargo tanks

Owners and operators continuing to use the tanks are subject to enforcement and fines

Posted May 12, 2016

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 a capacity of 8,400, 8,717, and 10,500 gallons and primarily used for the transportation of petroleum crude oil. The agency states that these cargo tanks are not in compliance with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) 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 such time as repairs and testing have been completed, 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.

Owners and operators with questions are directed to contact FMCSA’s Hazardous Materials Division at fmcsa.cargotank@dot.gov.


 

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