New rules become effective Jan. 2010 from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA Office of Hazardous Materials Special Permits.)
Here is the new rule and it is a Continuation of DOT-SP 11579 (16th Revision) Page 10 October 20, 2009.
(12) Vehicle Batteries.
(i) By January 1, 2010, each vehicle operating under the terms of this special permit must be equipped with three battery disconnect switches – one at the front of the vehicle, one at the rear of the vehicle, and one near the battery box. All switches must be clearly marked. The switches must be installed in a manner that ensures they are protected in the event of a rollover. The disconnect switch must be tested every month and repaired or replaced if the test indicates a malfunction.
What is needed for compliance is a switch box with a master disconnect switch inside that will put your company into compliance with the DOT from Washington, D.C. One product you can use is called ThiefsNightmare. Your bonus with this product called TN-3 is that it also doubles as the best Safety Lockout/Tagout in the world for all types of construction equipment, trucks, etc. to also get into compliance with OSHA and even makes an excellent anti-theft device and anti-terrorist product while not in use for the new DOT-SP 11579 battery rule. This new rule was made to protect first responders who respond to roll over accidents of hazmat loads. Failure to comply can shut down your operation by the DOT and a hefty fine to boot.
What you have to understand is that any terrorist could potentially use these same explosives trucks that haul very dangerous explosive mixtures to coal jobs, demolition sites, rock quarries and more and they could be used as a WMD.
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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) encompasses nuclear, food, water, biological, explosives, chemical weapons and more. Al Qaida and other terrorist cells remain at large and are a serious threat to our way of life today in America and will persist for a considerable time in the future.