HAZMAT transportation can be extremely dangerous for truck drivers which is why it typically pays at a higher rate.
To enforce regulations and promote the safety of HAZMAT transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducts over 154,000 annual roadside inspections, with an estimated 35,000 DOT HAZMAT violations reported.
That’s nearly 23 percent of inspections resulting in a violation!
Most Common HAZMAT Violations
- No Copy of USDOT hazardous materials registration number (8.1 %)
- Package not secure in vehicle (7.6 %)
- Placard damaged, deteriorated or obscured (6.9 %)
- Vehicle not placarded as required (5.9 %)
- No Shipping papers (5.1 %)
- Shipping paper accessibility (4.7 %)
- Emergency response information missing (4.5 %)
- Failure to provide carrier required placards (4.4 %)
- Offering a hazardous material without preparing a shipping paper (3.0 %)
- No placards or marking when required (2.9 %)
It’s important to note that owner operators and other drivers have a responsibility to validate that the HAZMAT shipment they’re transporting is compliant.