WASHINGTON, D.C. — As of this month, drivers transporting hazardous materials in the U.S. no longer have to stop periodically to check tire pressures.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the tire-check requirement is outdated because of improved tire technology, and because frequent stops increase the risk of hijacking and theft.
“To require a vehicle transporting a hazardous material to stop at frequent regular intervals increases the security risk associated with such transportation,: the FMCSA says. “Any stop provides an opportunity for potential hijacking or theft of the vehicle and its cargo.”
The FMCSA says many hazardous materials transported by truck could be used as weapons of mass destruction, or used in their manufacture.
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