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Interpretation Response #07-0190 ([AirTran Airways] [Mr. Brian Badger])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: AirTran Airways

Individual Name: Mr. Brian Badger

Location State: GA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

OCT 29, 2007

Mr. Brian Badger                                    Reference No. 07-0190

Maintenance Environmental/

Safety Program Manager

AirTran Airways

Hartfield Atlanta International Airport

P.O. Box 45320

Atlanta, GA 30320

Dear Mr. Badger:

This is in response to your September 24, 2007 telephone conversation with a member of my staff and your September 27, 2007 letter concerning the Materials of Trade (MOTs) definition and exceptions prescribed in §§ 171.8 and 173.6, respectively, of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). You ask if the MOTs exception applies when your employees transport hazardous materials and equipment containing hazardous materials by public road in company-owned and employee-owned motor vehicles, and by aircraft if your employees accompany these materials to their destination. You state these materials and parts will be used to maintain or repair AirTran Airways aircraft and equipment. We have paraphrased your questions and answered them in the order provided.

Q1. May our employees use company-owned and employee-owned motor vehicles to transport hazardous materials and airplane parts that contain hazardous materials from an off-site location to an airport hangar or gate under the MOTs exceptions prescribed in § 173.6? If we transport these materials by aircraft and our employees accompany these items to their destination, do they qualify for the MOTs exception?

A1. The MOTs exception applies to transportation in commerce by motor vehicle only on public roads and highways. It does not apply to hazardous materials offered or intended for transportation by aircraft. Therefore, provided all applicable provisions in §§ 171.8 and 173.6 are met, your company may use the MOTs exception to transport hazardous materials and equipment containing hazardous materials in company-owned and employee-owned motor vehicles.

When transporting these materials by aircraft, your company must package and transport them in conformance with the HMR's general requirements for transportation by aircraft prescribed in § 173.27, requirements for carriage of hazardous materials by aircraft prescribed in Part 175, and any additional applicable requirements specific to the hazardous material. In addition, the HMR authorizes, with certain exceptions, compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Technical Instructions for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air if the hazardous material is offered or intended for transportation by aircraft, and by motor vehicle either before or after being transported by aircraft. These provisions are contained in new Subpart C of Part 171 [72 FR 25161, 5/3/07, Docket No. PHMSA-2005-23141(HM-215F)]. This subpart incorporates and revises the HMR's provisions for the use of international standards that were previously contained in §§ 171.11-171.12a.

Q2. In § 171.8 of the HMR, paragraph (3) in the definition of a MOT includes a "hazardous material, other than a hazardous waste, that is carried in a motor vehicle by a private motor carrier (including vehicles operated by a rail carrier) in direct support of a principal business that is other than transportation by motor vehicle." Does this mean that AirTran Airways is considered a private motor carrier when its employees transport MOTs in accordance with the HMR in company-owned and employee-owned motor vehicles?

A2. The answer is yes.

I hope this satisfies your request.


Hattie L. Mitchell, Chief

Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

171.8, 173.6

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.8 Definitions and abbreviations
173.6 Materials of trade exceptions