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Interpretation Response #05-0108 ([Commonwealth of Virginia] [Sergeant David Feathe])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Commonwealth of Virginia

Individual Name: Sergeant David Feathe

Location State: VA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Jun 13, 2005


Sergeant David Feather                     Reference No. 05-0108
Safety Division, Motor Carrier Safety
Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 10900
Fairfax Station, VA 22039-0900

Dear Sergeant Feather:

This is in response to your April 25, 2005, letter requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Specifically, you ask whether the same placard must be displayed on each side and each end of a transport vehicle. You describe a situation in which a vehicle transports 600 lbs of a Division 2.1 (flammable gas), 600 lbs of a Division 2.2 (non-flammable compressed gas) and 600 lbs of oxygen. The vehicle is placarded on two sides with a DANGEROUS placard and on the two ends with a Division 2.1 placard.

A freight container, unit load device, transport vehicle, or rail car which contains non- bulk packages with two or more categories of hazardous materials that require different placards specified in table 2 of § 172.504(e) may be placarded with a DANGEROUS placard instead of the separate placarding specified for each of the materials in table 2. Each side and each end of a freight container, unit load device, transport vehicle or rail car must have identical placards in design and quantity. Thus, for the situation you describe, a carrier may not satisfy the placarding requirements by affixing a DANGEROUS placard on each side and affixing a Division 2.1 placard on each end of a transport vehicle.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.504 General placarding requirements