OK guys, can you help me out on this email, I can't tell what he said. it's a long read!! emails are in order as sent to va state police dept. HELP!, Please, I'm a new Landscaper starting out in Virginia, my question is when carrying fuel for mowers, is the only can "legal" to use, the metal Safety DOT approved can or can it simply be the normal plastic 5gal gas can that everyone gets from Walmart? I've researched 2 safety cans from both Eagle mfg and Just-rite mfg. they have the normal safety can for $50 that is UL FM listed Is this can LEGAL to use??, and then the have the DOT approved can for transport for $140.00. Obviously my concern is purchasing $140 gas cans if I don't need them but if VA law says they must be DOT certified or else.... then I'll get them. To summarize: Are the plastic 5gal gas cans Legal for commercial people to carry on trailers? is the UL FM safety can legal to use to transport fuel? is the only legal safety can the DOT approved? What are the code or law #'s for this law, i.e. code 45-7072 so that I can tell whoever is going to give me a fine to check out that #? I've had some trouble finding out this answer. I've contacted the local police dept, fire dept and state police, much to my surprise, they all had either conflicting answers or no answer at all. As a matter of fact when I spoke to the state police (who said "use any can that says approved for gas, plastic or not") and asked if there was a code or what's the specific law, she said "I've told you the law but you don't believe me." But yet couldn't say what the code was. I really want to know the actual code and not what people think is the code. Thanks, Jim Response in 2 parts too long for window to post.