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Interpretation Response #12-0094 ([Big Creek Media] [Mr. Nelson Lemmond])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Big Creek Media

Individual Name: Mr. Nelson Lemmond

Location State: NC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

July 16, 2012


Mr. Nelson Lemmond
Big Creek Media
516 Chillingworth Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Reference No.: 12-0094

Dear Mr. Lemmond:

This is in response to your April 12, 2012 email requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) as they pertain to placard visibility. Specifically you ask if the placarding placement shown in the photo you provided in your email is in compliance with §§ 172.504 and 172.516.

The answer to your question is yes. Section 172.504 provides general placarding requirements and exceptions and is not applicable to a discussion on placard placement. Section 172.516 requires placards on a motor vehicle to be clearly visible from the direction it faces. The placard location in the picture you provide is clearly visible. Due to the low hanging location of this proposed placarding location; extra care may need to be taken by the driver to ensure that the placard is maintained in accordance with § 172.516(c)(6) to ensure that the visibility of the placard will not be substantially reduced due to obscurement by dirt or other matter.

I trust this satisfies your inquiry. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.



Delmer Billings
Senior Regulatory Advisor
Standards and Rulemaking Division

172.504, 172.516

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.504 General placarding requirements
172.516 Visibility and display of placards