Open Road for Hazmat Trucking in New York Outside of New York City

For the first time in 14 years, federal officials have updated the nation’s list of roadways where states restrict the transport of hazardous materials, reports

But rather than close a long-standing regulatory gap affecting hazardous materials shipments outside New York City, the new rules only serve to reinforce it.

And in a peculiar regulatory twist, the New York City Fire Department is designated in the new 71-page Hazardous Materials Route Registry as the the only agency with authority to decide where hazmat can be shipped in New York State.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s newly-revised registry, released on Monday and like the previous version, includes no listings in New York’s 57 counties outside of New York City — giving haulers free rein to carry hazmat through neighborhoods, around lakes and across rivers and streams. A hazmat trucker can choose to drive on any road in the state that’s open to truckers outside of New York City.

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