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The Illinois Vehicle Code considers floaters an implement of husbandry and therefore exempt from the commercial motor vehicle regulations (including the CDL requirements) but only if the floaters weigh less than 36,000 lbs--loaded or unloaded. Even if you have a license plate on your floater to enable you to take a load to the field you cannot exceed 36,000 lbs or you lose the exemption and then your driver needs a CDL, pre and post-trip inspection reports, etc. We realize that floaters get bigger every year but please keep this in mind. You also cannot exceed 30 mph on public ...
On Jan 1, 2010 the 80,000 lb highway access rules goes into law. Click here for an excellent fact sheet provided by Illinois Farm Bureau.
You may see advertisements for ammonia application systems that introduce air into anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks to increase tank pressure during cold weather. The system is mounted on NH3 toolbars equipped with a hose that attaches to the vapor valve on nurse tanks during cold weather ammonia application. Introducing air into anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks can eventually causes stress crack corrosion compromising the integrity of the metal which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Additionally, once air is introduced into NH3 nurse tanks, the air can travel from the nurse tank, back to the storage&...
Anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks manufactured between June 2009 and September 2010 by American Welding & Tank, LLC have experienced some defects. American Welding & Tank has asked the industry to distribute information on the inspection and warranty of these nurse tanks. Please click on the attachment to this email view the notice and inspection program. IFCA is here to assist with any issues you have relative to ammonia equipment, operations and safety so please don't hesitate to contact Kevin Runkle.
If your company offers for transportation or transports a shipment of placarded hazardous material, you must complete the annual HAZMAT registration and pay the registration fee by July 1, 2013. The 2013-2014 registration fee for a small business (less than 100 employees) has been reduced to $150. If your company has more than 100 employees the 2013-2014 HAZMAT registration fee is $1300. The annual fee for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations for registration year 2014-2015 and following years will be $250 and $2,575 for all other registrants. If your company already paid for the HAZMAT registration prior ...
If you declared Non-Exempt Interstate (NI) on your medical card with the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) a copy of your medical card must be kept on file with SOS office. If a copy is not provided then your CDL can be cancelled by SOS. There are three different ways to provide a copy of your medical card to SOS. You can scan the medical card and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 217.785.5156 or go to the SOS office in person and provide a copy. Once they have a copy on file, you ...
Effective January 30, 2012, all drivers applying for an Illinois CDL for the first time and all current CDL holders renewing, upgrading or replacing their CDL must visit a CDL facility to declare your driver category. The purpose of this new requirement is to create a national medical certificate data base for interstate motor carriers. If you are not a first time CDL holder and your license does not expire until after January 30, 2014, you must appear in person at one of the 47 Illinois CDL facilities prior to January 30, 2014 to declare one of the following categories: 1. Non-excepted interstate driver (NI) 2. Excepted interstate ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has informed IFCA that effective immediately, no new company can register for Special Permit (SP) 13554 through TFI’s online Nurse Tank Inspection Program (NTIP). Policy changes within USDOT now prohibit new company requests to be a party to the SP-13554 exemption. Existing companies who have already registered their facility through TFI’s NTIP will continue to use the SP-13554 exemption provided nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plates undergo the proper testing and inspection procedures. Any company that has not previously registered with TFI for exemption status must now submit ...
IFCA has received clear guidance from both the Illinois Secretary of State CDL division and the Illinois State Police enforcement division regarding the type of CDL needed to transport anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks. There has been some confusion on this issue which we are happy to clarify as follows: 1. An anhydrous ammonia nurse tank is an implement of husbandry and as such, the weight of the nurse tank is not factored into the CDL weight classification. 2. Anhydrous ammonia is a placarded hazardous material and therefore a CDL with hazmat endorsement is required for a commercial ...
Depending on the type of agricultural movement, farmers may now be subject to USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Regulations from which they were previously exempt. Previously, shipping a load of grain to the local elevator was defined as intrastate commerce if within the state of Illinois. Now, USDOT states a farmers' movement of grain from the farm to elevator constitutes the first leg of interstate movement of product because it is assumed the grain will eventually leave the state. Since hauling grain to the local elevator is now defined as interstate commerce, farmers will now be required to ...
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently sent an email to several IFCA members notifying them they did not complete the required information for Top-Screen Submission. IFCA has learned some companies failed to complete the final step of hitting the submit button at the end of the Top Screen process. If your company received an e-mail from DHS earlier this week stating the information was not submitted, then all you need to do is go back into the Top Screen with your user name and password and go to the very last page of the submission process ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) reports that on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted a conference call with industry representatives to discuss technical issues with the Risk Assessment methodology used for establishing Tier Rankings in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. There was a correction made to the methodology that resulted in a re-evaluation of 360 facilities with final Tier Rankings. These facilities were originally tiered based on Sabotage or Release-Toxic concerns. There will be no change for 100 facilities, a reduction in Tier Ranking to another 150, and 100 facilities will drop/tier out of the CFATS program. ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) recently notified the industry regarding requirements of a final rule issued by DOT on May 3, 2007. According to TFI, a provision of the final rule requires shipping papers to have a shipper's signature below a statement certifying a shipment is properly classified, described, packaged, marked and labeled and in proper condition for transportation according to applicable DOT regulations. This requirement will become effective on May 4, 2009.
It is hard to believe, but it has been four years since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began conducting background checks on drivers wanting a HAZMAT endorsement on their CDL. A CDL with HAZMAT endorsement expires every four years in Illinois in which case each time you renew your CDL with HAZMAT endorsement, you will have to submit fingerprints for a background check. Thats right, even though our fingerprints do not change, each applicant will have to submit a new set of fingerprints and undergo another background check prior to issuance of the CDL/HAZMAT endorsement from the ...
Don't forget that if you offer or transport any amount of DOT placarded hazardous material, you must remit your annual hazardous material registration fee to USDOT by July 1. You can register and pay the fee online at www.phmsa.dot.gov and click on "e-payments" to pull up the hazardous materials registration program. If you have questions please contact Kevin Runkle.
Any company who, between July 1of a year and June 30 of the following year, offers or transports in commerce a shipment of hazardous materials must register for that twelve-month period with U.S. Department of Transportation as an offerer or transporter of hazardous materials. For a copy of the HAZMAT registration application and instructions go to the IFCA website and click on Regulations then DOT. If you would like to register on-line, go to www.hazmatonline.phmsa.dot.gov/services then click on HAZMAT Registration applications. In addition, companies required to register with USDOT are also required ...
Click here to access the site to download the HAZMAT Registration form and instructions.
Click here to see various guidance documents on the Hours of Service agricultural exemption. On November 15, 2013 IDOT expanded the air mile radius for the delivery of ag inputs to 150 air miles. See Illinois Register Notice below.
On October 22, 2013, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved of changes to Part 395 in the Illinois Vehicle Code to expand the air mile radius for the ag input hours of service exemption from 100 to 150 air miles. This would bring intrastate movements between distribution points for ag inputs in line with the federal law which allows for 150 air miles. While JCAR has approved the rules, IFCA is still waiting to determine when the rule will become official since the final rule still needs to be published in the Illinois Register. Until we are certain of the ...
Click here to see what IDOT expects when it comes knocking at your door for a hazmat audit.
Recently, IFCA met with USDOT Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials to get a better understanding of the addendum required to be added to inspection forms for the Nurse Tank Inspection Program (NTIP). Please click on the link to view a copy of the memo that explains how to fill out the addendum and be in compliance with this requirement. If you have any questions about the addendum or have trouble opening the file, please contact Jean Payne or Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office. For your convenience, we have included a copy of the ...
IFCA has received several calls pertaining to IDOT conducting audits at ag retail facilitites. So far the audits are geared toward reviewing security plans, Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVA) Security Awareness Training and HAZMAT Training. While at some IFCA member facilities, IDOT is also inspecting anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks for compliance with the Nurse Tank Inspection Program. If NH3 nurse tanks have a missing or illegible data plate, they must undergo a series of test to ensure the integrity of the nurse tank by a certified cargo tank inspector once every five years. Please contact the ...
This document explains the hours of service exception for transporting agricultural inputs including anhydrous ammonia.
Taking implements of husbandry, such as NH3 nurse tanks, across state lines has been a controversial topic over the last few years. DOT has just recently clarified that implements of husbandry are not commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and therefore not subject to the CMV regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) authority covers persons who operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Therefore, when an implement of husbandry crosses state lines in interstate commerce it is not subject to CMV regulations since it is not a Commercial Motor Vehicle.
If you offer or transport any placarded hazardous materials, don’t forget that your USDOT hazardous materials registration is due by July 1. The instructions and registration form are available on the IFCA website, just click on Regulations and then DOT.
Effective May 21, 2014, interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers can only receive a valid medical certificate from a certified Medical Examiner (ME) listed on the FMCSA's National Registry. To access the National Registry and locate a certified Medical Examiner click here then enter the city, state or zip code to find a list of MEs. At this time, intrastate drivers are not required to use a ME on the National Registry. If you are operating a commercial motor vehicle in a commercial enterprise that crosses state lines, please ensure you are in compliance with this new requirement ...
The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) requesting more stringent requirements in order for drivers to obtain a CDL. The NPRM is proposing a Federal requirement for a commercial learner's permit (CLP) as a pre-condition for issuing a CDL in addition to proposing various other changes to enhance the CDL program. Specifically, proposals that will impact IFCA members include: 1. New CDL holders must obtain a commercial learner's permit (CPL) for 30 days and only operate a commercial motor vehicle with a ...
IFCA received a call today from the Illinois DOT asking us to remind our members once again of the new laws governing the filing of your Motor Carrier Identification Report. There is an article in the Spring 2009 IFCA Newsletter on this subject. Enforcement is already taking place and some carriers have been issued thousands in penalties for failing to meet the new schedule for filing this report. As of June 17, 2009 all interstate motor carriers (as well as intrastate carriers who have a federal safety permit) must file a Motor Carrier Identification Report Form MCS-150 or MCS-150B ...
Now when renewing a CDL with HAZMAT endorsement, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is requiring proof of citizenship along with identification. When you get fingerprinted for the background check to receive a HAZMAT endorsement on your CDL, you need to take certain forms of identification in order to complete the fingerprinting and background check requirements. One primary form or two secondary forms of identification are now required. An example of a primary form of identification is a U.S. passport or card which shows U.S. citizenship. Only one primary form of identification is required.&...
Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2008, no person may offer a motor carrier any hazardous material specified in FMCSA 385.403 unless that motor carrier holds a safety permit issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The HAZMAT safety permit requirement took effect back in January 2005. Anyone hauling a hazardous material such as anhydrous ammonia or hazardous materials listed in FMCSA 49 CFR 385.403 are required to obtain a hazardous material safety permit. According to the new regulation effective October, 1 2008, the ammonia terminal can not load an NH3 transport semi unless the motor carrier shows proof of possessing a HAZMAT Safety Permit issued ...
Ethanol plants as well as other petroleum refineries throughout Illinois use anhydrous ammonia in their process. It is used in ethanol plants as a pH balance. Many ethanol plants have called upon IFCA members to supply them with anhydrous ammonia. Some ethanol plants have NH3 storage tanks, but some choose to use nurse tanks as a form of supply to bypass IDA NH3 regulations as well as RMP requirements. If anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks do not have a MC 330/331 stamped on the data plate, they can not be used to supply ethanol plants. ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has advised that Special Permit (SP) 13554 has expired. SP-13554 authorizes nurse tanks with a missing or illegible identification plate to continue in operation so long as they are tested and pass an external visual test using the procedures in 49 C.F.R., Section 180.407(d), a thickness test as specified in 49 C.F.R., Section 180.407(i), and a pressure test as specified in 49 C.F.R., Section 180.407(g). If you have party status through The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), you are authorized to operate under SP-13554 after the expiration until the Department of Transportation (DOT) acts ...
In 2005, USDOT Office of Pipeline & HAZMAT Safety Administration (PHMSA) began requiring anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plate to enroll in the Nurse Tank Inspection Program (NTIP) in which the nurse tanks must undergo and pass hydrostatic pressure testing, thickness testing, and a visual inspection once every five years in order to keep them in service. The industry is now coming upon year five of the program in which tanks will need to be retested and pass in order to use the NH3 nurse tanks. If you have any questions about ...
On February 1, 2011 the Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), issued it final rule incorporating the special permit SP-13554 into the hazardous materials regulations. As a result of this final rule, anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks with missing or illegible dataplates no longer need to be marked with the special permit sticker, but the requirements outlined in the special permit for continued operation still need to be met. This means for these tanks, there is a five year testing cycle to continue to keep these tanks in service. Click here to review the requirements contained ...
On October 15, 2013, President Obama signed a bill (H.R. 3095) requiring FMCSA to use a formal rule making process if they wish to require sleep apnea testing for commercial truck drivers. Although the law was signed just over a week ago, many doctors have been using their discretion to require commercial truck drivers to submit to a sleep apnea test prior to issuance of a medical card. In order for a sleep apnea test to be a regulatory requirement prior to issuance of a medical card, FMCSA now has to address the issue through the formal rulemaking ...
Online registration is now available for the 2008 National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School (NAEHSS) held at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, IL on August 19th and 20th. The national safety school covers a wide variety of industry hot topics including presentations from DHS, USEPA, OSHA, JJ Keller & Associates, USDOT, The Fertilizer Institute and Illinois EPA. Topics of discussion include SPCC, RMP electronic submission, EPA Pesticide Container and Containment Regulations, DOT Drug and Alcohol Compliance, future of NH3 nurse tank testing and Ag-chemical facility fire prevention plan just to name a few. The safety school ...
Click on this PDF to view R-Stamp Welders and DOT CT facilities that are certified to weld on anyhdrous ammonia nurse tanks in Illinois and perform testing for the Nurse Tank Inspection Program.
On July 22, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will take testimony at a hearing in Washington D.C. on a petition by the railroads to release them of their federal common carrier obligation to transport hazardous materials, particularly anhydrous ammonia and chlorine gas. For the past few years, the railroads have been making the case that their liability exposure in carrying these products far exceeds the value of the revenue from this service. A major derailment and rupture of chlorine tankers in Graniteville, SC in 2005 served to accelerate the debate. A copy of the STB press release is ...
Click here to see the IFCA Regulatory Alert and December 2008 letter from USDOT containing information and photographs on anhydrous ammonia nurse tank compliance issues.
A recent change in the hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) application process allows carriers to renew their MCS 150B 60 days before the carrier's HMSP expires. Previously, a renewal application was considered an update if received more than 30 days before the HMSP expiration. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, carriers may continue to operate under an existing HMSP until they are required to renew according to the schedule in 49 CFR 390.19. Carriers are encouraged to use the 60-day grace period before the current permit expires to correct any noncompliance issues that may impact their HMSP renewal. This change ...
Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.
Part time employees without a CDL have the option of submitting an application to the Illinois Secretary of State rather than completing theA fingerprint and background check. Employees must choose between a CDL with HAZMAT or apply for the Restricted Use CDL. A person can not have both a full CDL and the restricted license. The restricted class B license can be used for either two 90 day periods or one 180 day period over a twelve month period. The cost is $50 for the restricted license which only needs to be paid once every four ...
According to the Illinois Secretary of State Office, any person applying for a CDL for the first time and/or renewing their current CDL on or after January 30, 2012 must certify, for medical card purposes, with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office no later than January 30, 2014. In order to self certify, applicants must appear at any of the Secretary of State's CDL facilities and certify one of the following four categories as part of the new medical card requirement. 1. Non-excepted interstate (NI) 2. Excepted interstate (EI) 3. Non-Excepted intrastate (NA) 4. Excepted ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) recently sent out a memo to facilities enrolled in the Nurse Tank Inspection Program (NTIP) to help secure the exemption for the industry. Every two years TFI is required to apply for Special Permit (SP) 13554 which allows anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plates to remain in service as long as they pass a series of tests and inspection. TFI's request to renew SP-13554 requires that information regarding nurse tank shipping history be contained in the application for renewal. TFI must provide this information, on behalf of the industry, ...
Farmers who transport grain to and from a grain elevator are now defined by USDOT as Interstate Motor Carriers, even if staying within Illinois, as it is considered the first leg or last leg of interstate commerce unless the grain will be processed into another commodity. If your customers have questions about this new regulation, click on this link to view the UCR Q & A published by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Click on this link to print a copy of the UCR form and instructions for completing the form.