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Interpretation Response #03-0251 ([URS Corporations] [Mr. Andrew N. Romach])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: URS Corporations

Individual Name: Mr. Andrew N. Romach

Location State: NC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Nov 18, 2003


Mr. Andrew N. Romach               Ref. No. 03-0251
Regulatory Manager
URS Corporations
1600 Perimeter Park Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560

Dear Mr. Romach:

This is in response to your September 24, 2003 letter, requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) applicable to the removal of placards. Specifically, you ask if the truck driver is responsible for removing placards after a freight container has been unloaded of hazardous materials.

The HMR do not specify when placards must be applied to or removed from a vehicle. However, as provided in § 171.2, no person shall, by marking or otherwise, represent that a hazardous material is present in a package, container, motor vehicle, rail car, aircraft, or vessel, if the hazardous material is not present. Thus, once a freight container has been unloaded and no longer contains hazardous materials, the placards must be removed prior to transportation of the empty freight container.

I hope this satisfies your inquiry.



Susan Gorsky
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.2 General requirements