CVSA Announces Results of Hazardous Materials, Dangerous Goods Blitz

Placards are visible on the back of a tank truck carrying hazardous materials. (FMCSA)

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A five-day unannounced hazardous materials and dangerous goods inspection special enforcement effort in June netted 1,774 violations in the United States and Canada, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance reported Oct. 12.

During the special hazmat operation, CVSA officers conducted 6,204 vehicle inspections of motor vehicles carrying hazmat and dangerous goods in the United States, and 6,668 inspections in Canada, said CVSA.

The June 13-17 enforcement effort, known to inspectors as the “HM/DG Road Blitz,” was designed to increase awareness of the hazmat and dangerous goods rules and regulations in place to keep the driver, the public and the environment safe. It also was an opportunity to highlight the efforts of specially trained commercial motor vehicle law enforcement individuals who inspect vehicles transporting HM/DG.

Vehicles found to have HM/DG-related out-of-service violations, and/or any other driver or vehicle out-of-service violations, were restricted from traveling until all out-of-service violations were addressed.

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During the 2022 HM/DG Road Blitz, inspectors discovered the following HM/DG violations:

  • 408 shipping papers violations.
  • 269 non-bulk/small means of containment packaging violations.
  • 272 bulk packaging/large means of containment packaging violations.
  • 76 non-bulk/small means of containment labeling violations.
  • 159 bulk packaging/large means of containment placarding violations.
  • 79 other safety marks violations.
  • 168 loading and securement violations.
  • 43 HM/DG package integrity (leaking) violations.
  • 84 Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training Certificate violations (Canada only).

Governments in Canada and the U.S. have strict inspection and enforcement programs to ensure compliance with regulations regarding the transportation of HM/DG. In the U.S., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are responsible for regulating and ensuring the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials. In Canada, the TDG Regulations are the safety requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods.

According to FMCSA’s data for last calendar year, as of Aug. 26, the top five hazmat violations in the U.S. were:

  • Package not secure in vehicle.
  • No copy of Department of Transportation HM registration number.
  • No or improper shipping papers (carrier).
  • Shipping paper accessibility.
  • Vehicle not placarded as required.

During the 2021 HM/DG Road Blitz, June 21-25, inspectors compiled and submitted valuable HM/DG compliance data to the alliance. In the U.S. and Canada, 10,905 commercial motor vehicles and 8,363 HM/DG packages were inspected over that five-day period. Inspectors identified 2,714 violations.

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