The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety notice to owners and operators of certain cargo tank motor vehicles manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio (TYTAL) primarily used to transport petroleum crude oil.
Cargo tanks with capacities of 8,400, 8,717 and 10,500 gal. are not compliant with federal hazardous materials regulations and do not meet 49 CFR 178.346, specification DOT 406, FMCSA says.
Cargo tanks with capacities of 8,400 and 8,717 gal. have been found to have inadequate accident damage protection pursuant to 49 CFR 178.345-8(c)(1). Cargo tanks with 10,500-gal. capacity 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 repairs and testing have been completed, use of these cargo tanks in hazardous materials service is not authorized, according to FMCSA, regardless of the vehicle's last test and inspection date. Owners and operators who continue using these cargo tanks are subject to immediate enforcement and fines.
Click here to read the full safety advisory notice. Owners and operators with questions can contact FMCSA's Hazardous Materials Division at [email protected].