ADR Dangerous Goods

Transporting dangerous goods by road

Goods transported by road is controlled by international regulations and is strictly regulated by authorities. ADR ensures that any dangerous goods moved by road can cross international borders freely if the vehicles, cargo and drivers comply with it's legislation and rules that govern the market. The ADR is administered by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Carriage of Dangerous Goods

ADR is French for “European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road” which is a treaty dating back to 1957

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ADR Special Loads Abroad

Moving dangerous goods by road is governed by international regulations and is strictly policed. Most European countries are signed up to ADR.

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DGSA

On most occasions, you must have a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA) if you transport dangerous goods as a commercial licence operator.

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Driver Requirements

There are specific rules and points that must be adhered to at all times by drivers carrying Dangerous Goods under ADR regulations.

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Hazard Signs & Classifications

Dangerous goods have to be classified in accordance with the requirements in ADR and assigned a UN number, name, description and packing group.

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Limited Quantities

Transporting limited quantities of some ADR registered goods do not need normal packaging and labelling as required by the regulations. Furthermore, you also do not need a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGA) for some of these dangerous goods.

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Markings & Placards

Emergency Action Codes (EACs) are a three-character code that must be displayed on all GB registered road and rail vehicles that carry ADR dangerous goods.

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Transport Documentation

Drivers are required to carry 'Instructions in Writing' which is a 4-page document that sets out emergency information and emergency equipment.

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Hazard Diamonds & Classes

Danger labels will be displayed on vehicles, containers and packaging during the transportation of dangerous goods.

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Transportable Pressure Equipment

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG 2009) and the European agreement, known as ADR which regulate the carriage of dangerous goods.

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