This report covers Phase I of a two phased study of the Transportation of Hazardous Materials in the State of Virginia. The purpose of Phase I was to determine where, what, and how much hazardous materials flow over the highways of Virginia. Trucks were stopped at 38 locations during daylight hours in July and August. Shipping papers and placarding were reviewed and the driver interviewed. Cooperation was voluntary. The study showed that about 13% of all trucks carry hazardous materials. Ten percent carry sufficient amounts to require placarding. Most such traffic is on the Interstates and in highly populated areas. Sixty-four percent of the hazardous materials carried were flammable or combustible liquids; 10.7% were corrosives. Forty-one percent of the trucks carrying hazardous materials required placards by Federal regulations. Forty-one percent of such trucks were in violation of placarding requirements. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Virginia Department of Transportation Safety in Richmond.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Department of Agronomy
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Authors:
    • Schmidt, J W
    • Price, D L
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 46 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VDOTS/VPI-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM