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Hazmat revisions mean more duties for dealers

November 23, 2010

A new U.S. Transportation Department rule, effective Jan. 1, will require much stricter and expanded hazardous material (hazmat) incident reporting. That is important to dealers, whose parts, service and body shops often ship and receive hazmat such as air bags, seat belt pretensioners, chemicals, batteries, and waste solvents and oils.

The DOT's new incident-reporting rules require hazmat shippers and receivers to file a report when they observe improperly labeled or packaged hazmat. It therefore is imperative for dealership departments responsible for receiving and shipping to review their hazmat training, certification, packaging, labeling and shipping-paper responsibilities.

General information about compliance with the hazmat regulations is on the NADA Web site, Go to the Regulation section and review "A Dealer Guide to the Federal Hazmat Transportation Regulations." The 11-page booklet is $5 for NADA members. Buy it online or call (800) 252-6232, ext. 2.

For full information on the new incident-reporting requirements, see:, or call NADA Regulatory Affairs at (703) 821-7040.