Nurse Tank Inspection Program Reminder
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....More
Hours of Service Ag Input Exemption
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.
Mini-Bulk Service Containers
On August 10, 2011 the USEPA Pesticide Container Containment (PCC) Regulations came into effect creating new regulatory requirements for refillable mini-bulk containers and bulk pesticide storage facilities. Some of the new mini-bulk requirements include one way valves, tamper evident devices, unique identification numbers for mini-bulk containers and pressure testing of mini-bulk containers. Many of these new requirements can be circumvented by designating refillable...More
CDL Medical Card Reminder
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...More
Restricted Use CDL for Ammonia Transportation
Clarification and Application for Restricted Use CDL
R Stamp Welders & CT Facilities in Illinois/Iowa
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.
New Requirement For HAZMAT Endorsement
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...More
Unified Carrier Registration FAQ for Farmers
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.
80,000 lb Highway Access Fact Sheet
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.
American Welding & Tank Update
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...More
Cell Phone Ban Clarification
Earlier this week IFCA reported the announcement of USDOT's cell phone ban regulation. The rule was published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2011 making the rule effective January 3, 2012. The regulation applies to commercial motor vehicle operators engaged in interstate commerce as well as intrastate haulers of placarded hazardous materials such as anhydrous ammonia. The regulation specifically states, no driver shall use a hand-held mobile telephone...More
USDOT Bans Handheld Cell Phones for Commercial Drivers
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a rule which prohibits the hand-held use of cell phones by operators of Commercial Motor Vehicles. The latest action follows a 2010 rule that prohibits texting while driving a commercial vehicle. The rule comes with the same set of fines and penalties of up to $2,750 for a driver and up to $11,000 for a carrier that enables or forces drivers to engage in the behavior. Multiple offenses can lead to a disqualification...More
Implements of Husbandry Crossing State Lines
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...More
SOS Office Requiring New Medical Card Certification
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.
DHS Re-Evaluates Tier Rankings within CFATS Program
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...More
Motor Carrier Identification Report
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...More
How to Prepare for DOT Audit
Click here to see what IDOT expects when it comes knocking at your door for a hazmat audit.
Regulatory Alert: USDOT Nurse Tank Advisory Letter Dec 2008
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.
Illinois Hours of Service Law
This document explains the hours of service exception for transporting agricultural inputs including anhydrous ammonia.
State Phone Numbers for Transportation Issues
Unified Carrier Registration Form and Instructions
Click on this link to print a copy of the UCR form and instructions for completing the form.
HAZMAT Registration Form and Instructions
Click on this link to download the HAZMAT Registration form and instructions.
IDOT Document on Ag Exceptions to DOT Regulations
Unified Carrier Registration
Proper Marking For NH3 Nurse Tanks
HAZMAT Incident Report and Instructions
License Plate Law for Fertilizer Tanks & Spreaders
USDOT Security Plan Requirement
Size Weight & Load Regulations
Implement of Husbandry Definitions
TailLight And Light Bar Exemption for NH3 Nurse Tanks
Light Requirements for NH3 Nurse Tanks
Official HAZMAT Endorsement Instructions & Fingerprint Locations
IDOR Sales Tax Exemption Certificate - Equipment