Jefferson County lawmakers are hoping a federal agency will reconsider its ruling concerning steel coils in Alabama.
The Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided to strike down part of the Alabama Metal Coil Securement Act of 2009, specifically, the section concerning training of drivers for securing heavy metal coils on trailers.
Between 1987 and 2006, there have been 30 accidents involving the loss of steel coils across Alabama, mostly in Jefferson County. The agency called the training an undue burden.
Last week, Homewood Representative Paul DeMarco introduced a resolution asking the federal agency to reconsider its ruling. DeMarco and Vestavia Hills Senator Jabo Waggoner sponsored the Securement Act.
"Our concern is that there will be new accidents with steel coils following off of trailers. When we passed the law we didn't have any accidents after that legislation was passed," DeMarco said.
DeMarco has also sent a letter to Governor Robert Bentley asking the governor to appeal the decision to the federal courts.
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