FMCSA Announces Proposed Rulemaking on Tank Vehicle Definition

Dear NTTC Safety Professional:

(We realize that this does not overly effect bulk tank truck carriage.  However, perhaps you are receiving questions from your shippers as we are and this latest proposal might assist you with their inquiries)

Today, FMCSA will release a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise its definition of “tank vehicle.” Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who operate such vehicles are required to obtain a tank vehicle endorsement.  In response to a May 9, 2011, final rule on “Commercial Driver’s License Testing and Commercial Learner’s Permit Standards,” FMCSA received numerous petitions regarding the new definition. On May 24, 2012, the Agency published guidance in the Federal Register to clarify the “tank vehicle” definition. This NPRM would revise the definition by incorporating the 2012 regulatory guidance.  FMCSA seeks comment on the proposal and information on the impact that the revised definition would have on the industry.

The notice is available for public display at  It will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, September 26.


Fritz Mead

Vice President, Government Affairs