Alabama has finally passed a law to protect the public and State highways from future steel coil incidents. According to the Birmingham News, T. J. Willings, of the Alabama Trucking Association, called this "the toughest load securement legislation in the nation." Steel coil haulers have 60 days to be trained and certified in properly securing steel coils. Representatives from U.S. Steel, Nucor, and O’Neal Steel were on hand to see Governor Riley sign the bill into law.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety is responsible for certifying the drivers. The penalties for companies who have improperly secured loads has been increased. Companies can be fined up to $10,000, and drivers can be fined up to $1,000 and one year in jail. Certification is available online.
Alabama is now imposing the same rules on securing these types of loads as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. This is a no brainer. Why not make the state laws as stiff as the Federal law? There have been too many incidents without injury. The next one could result in death. We should applaud the legislators and Governor for coming together to enact this safety measure.