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Interpretation Response #00-0001 ([RPS, Inc.] [Mr. Jerry W. Freeman])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: RPS, Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Jerry W. Freeman

Location State: PA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

March 7 2000

Mr. Jerry W. Freeman                 Ref. No. 00-0001

Hazardous Materials Coordinator

RPS, Inc.

P.O. Box 108

Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Dear Mr. Freeman:

This is in response to your letter dated December 21, 1999, and subsequent telephone conversation with a member of my staff regarding shipping paper requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Your questions are paraphrased and answered as follows:

Ql.       May a carrier electronically generate a shipping paper at his facility for the purpose of consolidating multiple shipments offered by different shippers?

Al.        The answer is yes.  Part 172, Subpart C does not specify a particular form in which a shipping paper must appear.  However, regardless of the form, the shipping paper must contain all the applicable information as required under Part 172, Subpart C and meet the requirements in § 177.817.

Q2.      Must the carrier modify the shipping paper upon making intermediate hazardous material shipment drop-offs?

A2.      The answer is no.  A driver is not required to update a shipping paper to reflect a partial delivery.  However, if a driver picks up additional quantities of hazardous materials which were not previously indicated on the shipping paper, the additional quantities must be added if the total quantity on the vehicle at any time exceeds that indicated on the shipping papers.

I hope this satisfies your request.


John A. Gale

Transportation Regulations Specialist

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.200 Applicability