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Transporting dangerous goods
How to transport dangerous goods, including guidance notes, authorisation notices, exception notices and multilateral agreements.

Contents

 

  • Guidance notes
  • Authorisation notices
  • Exception notices
  • Multilateral agreements (MA)
  • Report an accident involving the carriage of dangerous goods

HGVs carrying dangerous goods through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel
 
Drivers of HGVs carrying certain types of dangerous goods must get tested for COVID-19 before arriving in Kent.
The terms of use at Manston Airport and Ashford Sevington prohibit the following loads:
  • explosives
  • polymerizing substances
  • infectious substances
  • radioactive substances
  • goods that are high consequence from a terrorism point of view
 
Drivers of HGVs carrying any of these goods will be refused access to these sites and must get tested for COVID-19 at alternative sites before arriving in Kent.
If you’re not sure whether your load falls into one of these categories of dangerous goods, confirm with your company or consignor before departing from the depot.
Testing is available at various information and advice sites across the UK.
Check whether the motorway service station or truck stop you plan to visit has any restrictions for certain dangerous goods before you travel.
Some companies are also providing private testing for their drivers. Check with your company if this is being offered.

 

Dangerous goods are assigned different classes ranging from 1 to 9.

These classes cover goods from the highly dangerous, such as explosives, flammables and fuming acids, to everyday products such as paints, solvents and pesticides.

You can receive updates relating to the carriage of dangerous goods from the Department for Transport (DfT) by joining our mailing list.


Transporting dangerous goods securely

 

Recommendations on the secure carriage of dangerous goods are contained in chapter 1.10 of both the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).

The security provisions of ADR and RID apply in the UK through Regulation 5 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (CDG) 2009. Regulations 7 and 8 contain additional security provisions that apply in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). DfT has published detailed guidance on the security requirements for the carriage of goods by road and rail.

DfT is responsible for the enforcement of the secure carriage of dangerous goods requirements (excluding class 7 radioactive materials).

DfT has an expert stakeholder group called the Industry Advisory Group to develop and monitor the implementation of these security requirements and any supporting guidance.

 

Dangerous goods security enquiries

 

Contact DfT if you have a question about government policy and regulations for the secure carriage of dangerous goods. You can:


Transporting dangerous goods safely

 

When transported, dangerous goods need to be packaged correctly to comply with international and national regulations for each transport mode, to ensure they are carried safely.

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) Dangerous Goods Office is responsible for the certification of dangerous goods packaging within the UK.

 

ADR/RID packaging and technical enquiries

 

Contact the VCA Dangerous Goods Office if you have a packaging or technical question about how requirements contained in ADR or RID may affect you. You can:

 

Safe carriage of dangerous goods enquiries

 

Contact DfT if you have a question about government policy and regulations for the safe carriage of dangerous goods. You can:

 

Enforcement of the safe carriage of dangerous goods

 

The enforcement for the safe carriage of dangerous goods is undertaken by several authorities (excluding Class 7 radioactive materials). The authority responsible for enforcing the regulations depends on the mode of transport:

 

Guidance notes

 

Dangerous goods are assigned classes ranging from 1 to 9.

Guidance on the carriage of radioactive material (class 7) is published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The Department for Transport provides guidance on all other classes, which supports the regulations for the carriage of dangerous goods.

Further guidance on the carriage of dangerous goods is available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A simple overview of how to ship, package and label dangerous goods is available on GOV.UK.

 

Packaging and transport requirements for patient samples – UN3373

Guidance

 

Security requirements for moving dangerous goods by road and rail

Guidance

 

Driving dangerous goods and special loads abroad

Guidance

 

Moving dangerous goods

Guidance

 

Carriage of dangerous goods: approved derogations and transitional provisions

Guidance

 

ADR instructions in writing

Guidance

 

Transporting category A pathogens

Form

 

Transporting diesel, petrol or kerosene by road

Guidance

 

Packaging for transporting dangerous goods

Guidance

 

The definition of a ‘closed vehicle’ for the purpose of transporting dangerous goods by road

Guidance

 

Carriage of dangerous goods: the application of multilateral agreements

Guidance

 

Transporting infectious substances

Guidance

 

Classing biofuels as dangerous goods

Guidance

 

Transporting oxygen cylinders

Guidance

 

Employing a dangerous goods safety adviser

Guidance

 

Transporting gunpowder and smokeless powders

Guidance

 

Retail distribution of small quantities of dangerous goods

Guidance

 

Classifying bird flu specimens for transportation

Guidance

 

Transporting machinery or equipment containing dangerous goods by road or rail

Guidance

 

Testing and inspecting intermediate bulk containers

Guidance

 

The testing, certification and marking of dangerous goods packaging

Guidance

 

Approval scheme for bulk containers

Guidance

 

Interpretation of transport related unloading

Guidance

 

Transporting electrical and electronic waste

Guidance

 

Authorisation notices

 

The Secretary of State for Transport for transport, can issue written authorisations that allow for deviations from ADR requirements and RID requirements. These authorisations carry conditions and time limits, and apply to carriage within Great Britain only.

The authorisations can be withdrawn by the competent authority at any time by means of a written notice.

 

Authorisation notices about transporting radioactive materials

 

Authorisations concerning the transport of radioactive materials are published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

 

Remote delivery of dangerous goods driver training extension: authorisation 992

Notice

 

Dangerous goods driver licence extension: authorisation 990

Notice

 

The testing of PRVs fitted to LPG road tankers (Authorisation 948)

Notice

 

Annual inspection waiver for MOT exempt vehicles

Notice

 

The carriage by road of firework lancework as unpackaged articles

Notice

 

Annual inspection waiver for tank vehicles

Notice

 

Tanks below the minimum thickness

Notice

 

First inspection deferral for new dangerous goods vehicles entering into service

Notice

 

Transporting certain ship or aircraft cylinders

Notice

 

Transporting dangerous goods by post

Notice

 

Using breathing apparatus cylinders for their full design life

Notice

 

Exception notices

 

Under the carriage regulations, the Department for Transport can issue exception notices, which make various provisions to the dangerous goods regulations.

 

Transporting quick release valve assemblies

Notice

 

Transporting supressor valve head assemblies

Notice

 

Transporting container valves used in fixed firefighting systems

Notice

 

Pressure vessel codes for portable tanks

Notice

 

Steel tanks transporting liquefiable gases by road

Notice

 

Transportable gas cylinders technical code

Notice

 

Steel cylinder inspections

Notice

 

Transporting low sulphur fuel (LSF) porous mass for acetylene

Notice

 

Maximum fill for transporting liquefied petroleum gas

Notice

 

Multilateral agreements (MA)

 

ADR and RID allow contracting parties to agree temporary exemptions between themselves.

If carrying dangerous goods in accordance with an MA, a copy of it must be carried on the vehicle.

 

Transporting fireworks

Notice

 

Transporting class 2 gases in refillable pressure receptacles authorised by the US Department of Transportation

Guidance

 

Transporting armed forces' explosives and items to be destroyed

Notice

 

Transporting ammonia solution

Notice

 

Report an accident involving the carriage of dangerous goods

 

You can use our form to report an accident or incident involving the carriage of dangerous goods.

 

Report an accident involving the transportation of dangerous goods

Form


From: Department for Transport


Published 11 May 2013

Last updated 28 September 2021

 

Added Remote delivery of dangerous goods driver training extension: authorisation 992.

 

Added Dangerous goods driver licence extension: authorisation 990.

 

Added information on HGVs carrying dangerous goods through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel.

 

Added the document 'The testing of PRVs fitted to LPG road tankers (Authorisation 948)' to the collection.

 

Annual inspection waiver for tank vehicles added.

 

Guidance on the transport of patient specimens suspected of containing Coronavirus (COVID-19) added to page.

 

Tanks below the minimum thickness: Authorisation 839 added to collection.

 

'Transporting fireworks multilateral agreement M322' published.

 

'Approval of the early use of EN 12972:2018' exception notice.

 

Transporting of solid medical or clinical waste, category A (ADR M317).

 

Added Multilateral agreement M318: the carriage of class 2 gases in refillable pressure receptacles authorised by the United States of America Department of Transportation.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods guidance note 16.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 34.

 

Updated links to latest ADR and RID regulations.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods exception notices 30 and 31 revised.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 476.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 33.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 32 added.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods multilateral agreement ADR M299 added to page.

 

Multilateral agreement ADR M291.

 

Carriage of dangerous goods multilateral agreement ADR M296 added.

 

List of authorisations to carry dangerous goods updated.

 

First published.

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