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Interpretation Response #98-0267 ([VFP Inc.] [Mr. David Brammer])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: VFP Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. David Brammer

Location State: VA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

SEP 18, 1998


Mr. David Brammer                             Ref. No. 98-0267
VFP Inc.
P.O. Box 11927
Roanoke, VA 24022-1927

Dear Mr. Brammer:

This is in response to your letter dated September 3, 1998, regarding the shipment of electric storage batteries under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Electric storage batteries meeting the criteria specified in § 173.159(e)(1) through (e)(4) are not subject to the hazardous materials regulations.  The batteries must: (1) be the only hazardous material on the vehicle; and (2) be loaded or braced so as to prevent damage and short circuits.  In addition, any other material loaded in the vehicle must be blocked and braced to prevent contact with or damage to the batteries and the vehicle may not carry material shipped by any person other than the shipper of the batteries.  Therefore, under the scenario described in your letter, the batteries your company ships would not be subject to the hazardous materials regulations.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.159 Batteries, wet