Kentucky Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of federal hazardous materials regulations: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 174.410(2) and regulations at 601 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 1:025

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Notification: KRS 174.420

Penalties: KRS 174.990

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC) Division of Fire Protection Hazardous Materials Section

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Vehicle Regulations

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kentucky State Police

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky has adopted by reference the federal hazardous materials regulations as they apply to the transportation of hazardous materials by motor carriers. The state has additional notification requirements in the event of a spill.

Administration and enforcement. HBC's Hazardous Materials Section inspects vehicles that are used for the transportation of hazardous materials. The Department of Vehicle Regulations enforces the federal hazardous materials regulations in Kentucky.

State Requirements


KRS 174.420

In the event of an accident involving hazardous materials in Kentucky, the operator of the vehicle must notify the Kentucky State Police within 1 hour. The operator must also provide the shipping papers to state and local emergency response authorities and immediately bring to their attention the fact that the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials.


KRS 174.990

Anyone who willfully hauls, ...

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