Dromedary rules

The Federal Highway Administration has amended its regulation on truck size and weight to include within the definition of specialized equipment dromedary-equipped truck tractor-semitrailer combination vehicles. The amendment became effective July 28. The amendment deals with the transportation of Class 1 explosives and/or any munitions related security material as specified by the Dept. of Defense

The Federal Highway Administration has amended its regulation on truck size and weight to include within the definition of “specialized equipment” dromedary-equipped truck tractor-semitrailer combination vehicles. The amendment became effective July 28.

The amendment deals with the transportation of Class 1 explosives and/or any munitions related security material as specified by the Dept. of Defense in compliance with the Department of Transportation's hazmat regulations.

The agency said the change is necessary because shipping non-compatible explosives in the same vehicle combination, where one part of the cargo may be separately carried in the dromedary unit, reduces the number of vehicles needed to transport munitions, increases military readiness, and reduces the number of vehicles on the road.

The inclusion will allow the Dept. of Defense to expedite the movement of munitions, especially in times of national emergency.

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