Serving as the Voice of the Rechargeable Power Industry, Representing its Members on Legislative, Regulatory and Standards issues at the State, Federal and International Level.
Over the past twenty-four years PRBA has developed cooperative working relationships with transportation and environmental organizations ranging from local and national groups throughout North America to national and international industry related trade associations and government agencies in Europe and Asia.
In 2004, PRBA was granted official observer status by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonised System of Chemical Classification and Labeling. These relationships will assist PRBA member companies in dealing with “globalization” issues such as the transportation of, collection, and labeling of rechargeable batteries as they manufacture and sell globally.
PRBA along with 40+ industry associations and companies have signed on to a letter that was delivered to the U.S. Senate’s majority and minority leader requesting changes to provisions in the Senate Commerce FAA reauthorization bill that relate to the transport of lithium ion batteries. A copy of the letter is available for download.
The recently released addendum to the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (2015-2016 Edition) will limit the state of charge (“SOC”) of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries (UN3480) to a maximum of 30% when offered for air transport. Important questions have been raised as to measuring SOC and how compliance […]
Washington (February 11, 2016) – PRBA–The Rechargeable Battery Association applauds today’s vote by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include the amended version of Section 615 in the Aviation, Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act. Enactment of Section 615 will bolster the safe air transport of lithium batteries without disadvantaging American citizens or businesses. Committee […]
PRBA–The Rechargeable Battery Association is extremely disappointed with today’s Air Navigation Commission decision. The ANC action represents an unprecedented departure from ICAO’s procedures and overrides decisions that experts on ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel made in October after extensive discussions and debate. ANC’s decision also ignored ICAO’s ongoing efforts to address the safe transport of lithium […]
Washington (December 30, 2015) – PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association today congratulated the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for issuing a safety alert on hoverboard shipments and intercepting 32 cargo containers of hoverboards with lithium batteries improperly prepared for shipment. According to one report, millions of hoverboards have been shipped […]
With the holiday travel season set to begin this weekend, PRBA –The Rechargeable Battery Association is reminding airline passengers to follow U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulations on lithium batteries and battery-powered consumer products in checked and carry-on baggage. “If airline passengers comply with the DOT regulations on lithium batteries and take appropriate packaging and other […]