New Jersey Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous materials transportation and motor carrier safety regulations: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 16:49-1.1 to 16:49-4.5

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Discharge notification and reports: NJAC 16:49-1.2

Waivers: NJAC 16:49-3.1

Route 29 tunnel prohibitions: NJAC 16:49-4.1 to 16:49-4.5

Penalties: New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA) 39:5B-29(a)

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Motor Vehicle Commission

Department of Law and Public Safety New Jersey State Police

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey has adopted by reference most of the federal hazardous materials regulations as they apply to motor carriers, with some differences in notification and reporting requirements and added prohibitions for hazmat transportation through the Route 29 tunnel in Trenton. See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS for more information.

New Jersey has not adopted 49 CFR 171.1, 49 CFR 171.4, 49 CFR 171.6, 49 CFR 171.20, 49 CFR 173.32a, and 49 CFR 179.3 to 179.5. In addition, NJAC 16:49 applies to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail or motor carrier. Modes of transportation by air, water, or pipeline are specifically excluded.

Administration and enforcement. NJDOT and the State Police enforce the hazardous materials regulations in New Jersey.

State Requirements


NJAC 16:49-1.2

New Jersey does not include the requirement for notification if a release of a marine pollutant above 450 liters (119 gallons (gal)) or 400 kilograms (kg) (882 pounds (lb)) occurs.

Unlike the federal regulations, New Jersey ...

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