DOT Updates National Hazardous Routes Registry

By Roy Maurer Jul 21, 2014

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) produced its updated list of designated and restricted routes for the transport of hazardous materials in the July 14, 2014, edition of the Federal Register.

Transportation industry employers will want to review the new registry and determine what impact the changes may have for their logistics operations. The registry update is effective immediately and supersedes the previous registry, which was published in 2000.

The National Hazardous Materials Route Registry lists every designated and restricted road for highway route-controlled quantities of radioactive materials and nonradioactive hazmat transportation. The list also outlines the limitations for using these routes.

This update of the national hazmat route registry is meant to improve the clarity and functionality of the route listings, according to the FMCSA.

“Having an accurate hazardous materials highway route designation listing is critical to public safety,” the FMCSA said in the register notice. Additionally, carriers must develop written route plans for transporting hazardous materials, and adhere to those written route plans, the agency said.

Fourteen states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin) have not designated any required or prohibited hazmat routes.

Five jurisdictions have unresolved routes left on the registry: Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas and the District of Columbia. The FMCSA is particularly interested in public comments that help determine the status of these unresolved routes. Comments must be submitted to the Department of Transportation on or before Sept. 12, 2014.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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