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Alabama Coil Certification Update

As of Monday, June 1st, the State of Alabama will begin enforcing a new State Law, requiring all drivers loading, or delivering in Alabama, to have an Alabama Steel Coil Certification.  Failure to have the Alabama Steel Coil Certification will result in a fine up to $10,000 to the carrier, and also up to $5000 to the driver.

If you do not yet have this certification, please click here, and you will be redirected to my previous post  that will give you specific info on how to acquire the certification.  When you acquire your certification, the certificate, must be sent to Mercer’s Safety Department!  They have to countersign the certificate, and make a copy, then send you back the original.  If you decide not to get the certification, you will not be offered any steel coils (stand-up, or skidded), that load, or deliver in the state of Alabama. 

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  1. Rodney Miller
    June 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm | #1

    IS THERE A FEE FOR THIS?

    • Jason Schaftlein
      June 4, 2009 at 7:53 am | #2

      There is a fee Rodney, it is typically $15. Since you’re a Mercer driver, you can get it for $10 though. Check out my previous post on Alabama Coil Certification, and you can read step by step instructions on how to obtain it.

    • Big John Kelsey
      June 7, 2009 at 2:56 am | #3

      You “Super Truckers” get to pay extra to make up for what us small timers can’t afford. Love Ya Brother!

  2. Bill Jump
    June 7, 2009 at 9:31 am | #4

    This is nuts. To requre a Government Certification on a perticular type o frieght is outrgeous. If your certified with a piece of equipment, this should be enough. ( CDL ENDORSEMENT)
    Each load is different, requiring different techniques. For a State to require a certificacation and affix a fee is nothing more than revenue collection. It has nothing to do with safety.
    Im so tired of being nickled & dimed to fill Fed., State & Local coffers in order to make up for thier mismanagment of already steep taxes imposed.
    Tolls, Twic, FBI checks, Increased Reg. fees, 2290,. one usually overlaps the other but does not diminish or negate the need or fees.
    If a new standard is needed, then replace the od ones with it. Dont add a new one but still require the old one too.
    Ive always said if it not fun, dont do it. This isnt even funny anymore.

  3. Fred Pappa
    June 8, 2009 at 6:18 am | #5

    If the state of Alabama wanted to make money off the steel haulers. they would have made the fee $100. and we all would have paid it. So $15 is quite reasonable. DEAL WITH IT!

  4. Big John Kelsey
    June 8, 2009 at 8:31 am | #6

    Hey Bill,
    Shouldn’t you be telling this to your congressman?

    I would be the first to agree that we are being nickeled and dimed to death but there is another side to this story. I live in Alabama. I travel into and thru the Birmingham and Decatur areas all the time. I am sick and tired of having to detour around this and there because some little flake dropped a coil off his wagon and ate up an overpass or ramp.

    Is it our fault and should we have to pay for it? Of course not. The whole thing is rediculous. It’s rediculous that these companies are hiring these people straight out of the Central Alabama school of Truck Driving and Taxidermy and letting them go haul coils out of these mills when they’re not even qualified to stuff cotton balls up a dead rabbit!

    But it’s happening and the State was faced with something to do to get everybodies attention. Apparently it is working. Now while I’m sure that a large portion of the $10 – $15 fee is going to the companies that are doing this training, and I have no idea what little is actually going to the State of Alabama, but if my taxes happen to decrease because of it I’ll let you know.

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