Petition to Change Cargo Securement Tiedown Requirements

On May 31, CVSA submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to amend Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 393.102 and § 393.106. The petition requests that FMCSA update the requirements for the breaking strength and working load limits (WLL) of tiedowns. There is no requirement for tiedown manufacturers to label the breaking strength of a tiedown and no practical way for roadside inspectors to verify that tiedowns meet the G-force acceleration/deceleration requirements outlined in § 393.102(a)(1). Law enforcement instead uses the WLL of tiedowns to verify proper cargo securement. The petition asks FMCSA to remove the breaking strength requirement to reduce confusion and harmonize the WLL allowances with the requirements in Canada.