One more time: FMCSA plans new hazmat registration fee

ANOTHER federal permit requirement for hazardous materials carriers is in the works through FMCSA, according to information presented January 14 at the COHMED training conference.

The trucking industry has just received a three-year reduced rate for hazmat registration from the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), only to learn that another Department of Transportation agency registration is likely. However, the FMCSA proposal would not include a fee for the registration, said WilliamQuade, FMCSA hazardous materials division chief.

The two agencies cannot combine the information to avoid the double registration. Quade said the FMCSA registration is required by law and will have elements different from the RSPA regulation. RSPA only requires a carrier to register and include the fee, no inspections or other actions are required. The FMCSA registration will require carriers to meet certain prescribed security levels. FMCSA expects to publish a notice of the plan in September 2003.

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