reply to post by Zaphod58
Go figure that it is Wal-Mart affecting changes that in turn affect us all. I worked at a large distribution greenhouse that needed Wal-Marts contract
to continue competing in the state. We were forced to change the entire labeling structure and several other operating procedures that had been in
place forever. All they do is get everyone addicted to a cheap materialistic lifestyle and behind the scenes mess up a community full of small family
run businesses who can't afford to compete.
I have been trying to sift through the FMCSA manuals, but it states that the regulations, at least under the federal hazmat section, are only current
to August 30,2012. What regulations are we currently under then? I also checked in the notices section to see what might replace it and could not
find anything. I am still sifting. I pose another question to all the truckers out there, If this is just a simple placarding change and a bit of
extra paperwork that is affected by the ground shipping changes in January, could that be so cost prohibitive to stop a major company from shipping
Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree?
The best I have been able to reason so far, is that basically everything that was domestically exempt before, will now have to be shipped more like,
or strictly following, international standards. What you said about Wal-mart fits, because if they are bending the rules on a large scale, that
reaches across the country, and international standards are stricter. So basically nobody gets our domestic hazmat shipping exemption because of the
abuses of one (or more)? I am still hoping to be way off. I probably won't know until the shelves start showing up empty. I am happy to have been
given a heads up, at least it won't take a few families by surprise.
Thanks for all of your help Zaphod.