California Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California carrier identification number (CA number): California Vehicle Code (CVC) 34507.5, CVC 34620, and 13 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 1235.1

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General hazmat provisions:

Licenses: CVC 32000.5

Application and fees: 13 CCR 1160.4(g)(1)

Recordkeeping and certification: 13 CCR 1160.4(g), 13 CCR 1161, and 13 CCR 1161.1

Penalties: CVC 32002

Training: 13 CCR 1161.7

Labels, placards, and markings: 13 CCR 1161.2, 13 CCR 1161.3, and 13 CCR 1162

Equipment: 13 CCR 1162.1

Incident reporting: 13 CCR 1166

Restrictions: CVC 31303 and CVC 31304

Security: CVC 32001(c), CVC 15275, and CVC 15278

Advanced notification: CVC 32050 to 32053

Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program: CVC 34501.12


Applicability: 13 CCR 1150 and CVC 31600

Routing: 13 CCR 1150.1 to 1154

En route inspections: 13 CCR 1150.3

Inhalation hazards:

Applicability: 13 CCR 1157 and CVC 32101

Routing: 13 CCR 1157.2 to 1157.20

En route inspections and equipment: CVC 32105 to 32107

Radioactive materials applicability and routing: 13 CCR 1158 and 13 CCR 1159

Regulatory Agencies

California Highway Patrol (CHP)

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California adopts the U.S. Department of Transportation's hazardous materials regulations and includes some provisions that are stricter than the federal. For more information about federal requirements, see the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS.

This section outlines California's requirements for hazardous materials motor carriers. The stricter regulations ...

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