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Interpretation Response #13-0086 ([Texkota Transit, LLC] [Mr. HC Brown])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Texkota Transit, LLC

Individual Name: Mr. HC Brown

Location State: TX Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

May 9, 2013



Mr. HC Brown
Texkota Transit, LLC
P.O. Box 2001
Kilgore, TX 75663

Ref. No.: 13-0086

Dear Mr. Brown:

This is in response to your April 24, 2013 email, concerning the display of placards on motor vehicles.  You asked whether the display of two-sided placard affixed on the crossbar of a headache rack (approximately six inches behind and even in height with the cab), with one placard visible from the front, one from the rear, would comply with the placarding requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180 ).

The answer to your question is no.  When placarding is required by § 172.504 of the HMR, a transport vehicle must be placarded "on each side and each end."  The placarding scenario that you describe in your letter does not meet the requirement in § 172.504 for placarding on each side and each end of a transport vehicle.

I hope this information is helpful.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact this office.


Delmer Billings
Senior Regulatory Advisor
Standards and Rulemaking Division


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.504 General placarding requirements