Indication of whether or not the motor vehicle had a hazardous materials placard as required by Federal/State regulations, and whether or not hazardous materials were released. (Refer to Appendix K for chart displaying hazardous materials classes and reporting information.)
Subfield 1: Did this motor vehicle display a hazardous materials (HM) placard?
Subfield 2: If Subfield 1 answer is “Yes,” record from the hazardous materials placard
Subfield 3: Release of hazardous materials from the package (cargo compartment):
Hazardous materials that were released from the package (cargo compartment) should be documented whether or not the motor vehicle displayed a placard.
(**Required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CFR 350.201.) FMCSA devotes special attention to motor carriers that transport hazardous materials (HM), including calculating risk assessments, determining response methods, imposing tighter regulations and conducting compliance reviews on a higher percentage of HM carriers. Getting good data on crashes involving trucks carrying HM and whether HM are spilled during the crashes helps FMCSA focus law enforcement efforts. This data element is collected at the scene because FMCSA requires reporting within 90 days.