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Hauling Diesel Fuel Without a Hazmat Endorsement

In this article, we explore the nuances and options for hauling diesel fuel without the need for a Hazmat Endorsement. The Hazmat Endorsement can be complex to obtain which often hinders construction companies and fuel distributors from conducting business quickly and efficiently. The current alternatives on the market have a minimal capacity for hauling fuel and are overly expensive. At Western Global, we have created the best solution for transporting diesel fuel without the worry of needing a Hazmat Endorsement, the MultiCube.


What is Hazmat Endorsement?

Hazmat Endorsement is a designation that can be added to a commercial drivers license (CDL) that enables the driver to transport hazardous materials in the United States. Unless an exemption applies, a Hazmat Endorsement is required whenever transporting hazardous materials in quantities that require hazmat placards.

In general, to obtain a Hazmat Endorsement, you need to:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Obtain and hold a CDL (or CDL permit) in the state you’re applying for hazmat
  • Pass a:
  • Provide:
    • Fingerprints
    • Proof of citizenship or legal residence in the United States
  • Pay test and endorsement fee

The requirements vary state to state, and some criminal offenses may immediately disqualify an applicant. Local regulations may apply, and you should always consult with local officials on regulations applicable to your operations.

Options for hauling fuel without a hazmat endorsement

Since diesel fuel is a class 3 hazardous material, a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and a Hazmat Endorsement are required when transporting diesel, unless an exemption applies. This can be challenging for your operations for a variety of reasons, i.e. it can be hard to find employees with these qualifications, or take a long time to earn.

One exemption is transporting diesel in a fuel tank that has a capacity of less than 119 gallons (i.e. a non-bulk package). As diesel is classified as combustible under the Federal Hazmat regulations (49 CFR 173), diesel can be transported in tanks that are under 119 gallons without the need for a Hazmat Endorsement. However, at Western Global we understand that transporting less than 119 gallons isn’t always enough for your operations and isn’t always cost effective.

We’ve set out to provide a solution to these challenges for our customers in the United States: the MultiCube. This multi-tank fuel trailer is designed for the transportation of up to 630 US gallons of diesel without the need for a Hazmat Endorsement, and in most cases CDL.

Construction worker refueling with the MultiCube

The MultiCube fuel tank

Our MultiCube tank is ideal for those looking to use or distribute diesel without the need for a Hazmat Endorsement.

Hazmat regulations & the MultiCube – why is no Hazmat required for transporting diesel?

The Federal Regulations for the transportation of hazardous materials are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49. Under these Federal Regulations there is an exemption (49 CFR 173.150(f)) from the hazmat placarding requirements where:

  1. You are transporting a combustible liquid (e.g. diesel, which is classified as a combustible liquid); and
  2. The liquid is being transported in non-bulk packaging (that is, a tank less than 119 US gallons).

As the MultiCube is made up of six independent tanks with a maximum capacity of 105 gallons per tank and each tank can be independently isolated, the MultiCube meets the exception contained under 49 CFR 173.150(f).

Can I transport without Hazmat without isolating the tanks?

No – to meet the requirements of 173.150(f), each tank must be independently isolated. As such, you must isolate each tank via the common manifold system before transport.

More about the MultiCube

This tank is ideal for fleet fueling, sometimes referred to as wet hosing, last mile deliveries or disaster relief. There’s also a 50-gallon DEF kit available in some of the accessory packages. All of our standard MultiCube package offerings keep the overall weight of the MultiCube below 10,000 lbs, so in most cases you don’t need to worry about CDL.

Transporting diesel fuel also comes with its own risks, but we’ve designed the tank with those in mind. The MultiCube is double walled, providing built-in secondary containment.

Additionally, individual fill ports are only accessible via side cabinet doors – accessible only from the lockable rear cabinet, keeping both your diesel and equipment safe when on the move.

We offer short lead times when ordering our MultiCube tanks. There are five pre-installed accessory packages available, ensuring that regardless of application, your tank is equipped and ready to go. Learn more about our MultiCube packages here.


Our non-hazmat fuel tanks

Our MultiCube is just one of our non-hazmat offerings. The FuelCube Type-S is a transfer tank that’s less than 119 gallons – ideal for non-hazmat diesel fuel transportation. It’s a small yet mighty tank that sits comfortably in a truck bed before being transferred to site and immediately used for refueling on site.                     .

Like our fuel trailers – it’s double-walled and 110% secure, making this a reliable solution for smaller sites needing fuel as quickly as possible.


Refueling made easy with Western Global

At Western Global, we always pay attention to our customers’ needs. The MultiCube allows you to transport diesel efficiently, while eliminating the need for hazmat placarding, and in most cases CDL. With a compact trailer that’s ideal for hard-to-reach sites, it’s easy to maneuver and helps you stay up and running throughout the course of your project. No more money wasted on shutdowns and delays.

To find out more about our fuel trailers or talk to us about your project, speak to our team today.


The materials and information included on this page are for informational purposes only. Local regulations may apply and you should always consult with local officials on regulations applicable to your operations.

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