Nurse Tanks That Cross State Lines
IFCA was alerted recently that the USDOT is looking at taking enforcement action against ammonia nurse tanks and other farm wagons that cross state lines (interstate commerce). Because the federal rules do not have a definition or specific exclusion for an implement of husbandry, the requirements for lights, brakes and other safety features apply when these vehicles are engaged in interstate commerce. This has all come about after the passage of the Uniform Carrier Registration, which is also requiring many farm vehicles to register as USDOT vehicles if they deliver grain to an elevator that then introduces the grain into interstate commerce. If your company crosses state lines to conduct business be on guard for an audit or an enforcement action if you do not fully comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Contact IFCA if you have questions.