DOT Issues Additional Proposed Rule on Transportation of Lithium Batteries

The proposed changes will ensure that lithium batteries are designed to withstand normal transportation conditions and packaged to reduce damage.


“As our Committee has documented, there is more than enough evidence showing the need to enhance safety standards when shipping lithium batteries,” House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello (D-IL) said. “The frequency of incidents combined with the difficulty in extinguishing lithium battery fires warrants taking strong action. These new regulations proposed by the Department of Transportation, will enhance safety for passengers, pilots, crews and our entire transportation system.”

For more detailed information on battery shipment requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations go to: www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/rulemaking/final.

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