National Waste and Recycling Association responds to proposed CNG inspection rule

August 22, 2019. The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, commented on a proposed rule regarding labeling requirements for compressed natural gas cylinders from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which “will promote safety and better align with industry practices and recommendations.”

   The proposed change would amend labeling requirements to adjust the recommended inspection intervals for heavy-duty vehicles. If finalized, the change would require new cylinder labels that say vehicles should be visually inspected for damage or deterioration after a motor vehicle accident or fire, and at least every 12 months.

   "NWRA applauds NHTSA for appropriately balancing safety with burdensome regulations. Our member companies primarily operate heavy-duty vehicles as defined by NHTSA. We support the proposed rule to modify inspections to at least every 12 months," says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

   The proposed rule aligns with the agency's intent that the inspection interval be reasonable, and it aligns with the agency's requirement that inspections must be performed annually, NWRA says.