In response to the Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act of 1975 (HTMA), specialized trucks were developed to ferry hazardous materials. By definition, hazardous materials and substances are those that may cause unreasonable risks, health, and environmental risks and even affect the safety and life of humans and animals. With this definition, about 3,000 materials have been identified because they are either explosive, infectious, corrosive, or flammable materials. Besides the use of pipelines, trucks have been specifically designed for the transport of these materials to reduce their contact with humans and the environment. These trucks are referred to as hazardous trucks or Hazmat carriers.
Since hazardous good carriers are entrusted with great responsibility, you should ensure that they are in good condition and with unique features suited for the job. Even though there are no clear rules and laws that define how a Hazmat carrier should look like, there are some standard features that are a must-have. Here are some of the features to look out for when looking for hazardous good carriers.
This is a significant factor because it helps to determine how much of the hazmat you can carry. The truck will be typically divided into different sections dedicated to different functions. For incase, you should have a communication center also referred to as the command center. From this portion, you will install your computers, radios, and other communicating machines. You can also have additional equipment like pH meters, radiation detectors, and other devices you can use for sampling.
The body should be made using very durable material, preferably high carbon steel that is fairly resistant to fire and damage if accidents happen during hazmat transportation. This feature will go a long way to not only preserve the life and safety of the drivers but also that of the people around in case of accidents.
The truck should be durable and efficient to run. Durable material ensures that fewer management practices and repairs are made regularly, which helps to save on the cost of operations. Other features like large fuel tanks, availability of spare parts, and low fuel consumption will go a long way to reduce the running cost of the trucks.
This is the most common type of hazmat truck in supply today distributed by Camamach. Some of the features that make it suitable for most hazmat transport needs are listed below. It is designed with a standard and a turn-over driver's cab. This makes the truck more comfortable for the driver and allows them to rest after a long driving time. The turn-over cab also makes it easy and convenient to have two drivers taking shifts to reduce the risks caused by tired driving, especially because hazmat trucks often travel over long distances.
It has a power input requirement of 96kW and a wheel-base of 3365mm, making it reasonably stable during travel. It is also fitted with a fire extinguisher, rubber floors, a smoke alarm, hazard warning light, and an explosion-proof chassis. All these features are to ensure the safety of the driver during the transport of hazardous material, making it very suitable and attractive to many buyers.
Besides checking for the safety of the trucks in hazmat carrying, it is vital to ensure that you have the proper tools and skill in hauling hazardous materials. Hazardous trucks are available and widely distributed by Camamach. We believe that your safety comes first, and we, therefore, only distribute hazardous good carriers from trusted manufacturers. Our trucks are also affordable so that they are easy to access and use for maximum safety.