On August 3, 2011, FMCSA announced that it has refined the criteria used to determine whether or not a motor carrier is subject to more stringent Hazardous Materials threshold. The changes were made so that FMCSA could more accurately identify motor carriers who transport hazardous materials subject to placard. Prior to the change, the threshold applied to motor carriers based only upon how they were registered. Now, the threshold applies to motor carriers who are determined to be carrying placardable quantities of hazardous materials based upon operational evidence.
A motor carrier who meets one of the following criteria will be subject to the hazardous materials threshold:
* Inspection within the last 24 months that identified the motor carrier as carrying a placardable quantity of hazardous materials;
* Review and/or safety audit within the last 24 months that identified the motor carrier as carrying placardable hazardous materials; and
* The motor carrier has a hazardous materials permit.
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