DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation and Motor Carrier Safety: Federal Regulatory Guide

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DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation and Motor Carrier Safety helps hazardous materials (hazmat) transporters, shippers, and facilities that receive hazardous materials or prepare hazardous materials for shipment ensure that they are in compliance with the complex set of applicable federal DOT hazmat regulations.

This guide to federal motor carrier safety regulations is also designed for use by any carrier that either transports or delivers interstate freight, as well as any company that provides interstate bus service, as well as those engaging in intrastate transport in states that follow federal DOT regulations.

Topic Area

  • Cargo tank requirements
  • DOT requirements for transport by motor vehicle, vessel, rail, and aircraft
  • Driver qualifications and responsibilities
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Emergency response notification
  • Financial assurance
  • Hazmat training requirements
  • Intermodal transport
  • International shipments to/from Canada and Mexico
  • Labeling and placarding
  • Packaging requirements
  • Recordkeeping
  • Requirements specific to particular hazardous materials
  • Security plans
  • Transport of migrant workers
  • Vehicle inspection, repair, and maintenance


Covers applicability of federal motor carrier safety regulations, provides key compliance definitions, and includes reference materials (charts and tables) for each section

Pre-Visit Preparation
Identifies materials to be gathered for review before an audit; includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations

Provides a statement of each relevant regulatory requirement, supported by detailed guide notes that describe specific inspection procedures and practices to determine compliance with that requirement, as well as typical conditions or situations that could indicate potential compliance problems

Enables quick recording of a facility s compliance status for each regulatory requirement

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