This guide reviews the UK regulations covering the carriage of dangerous goods, such as explosives, flammables or corrosives, or other goods that have inherent hazards.
There is a risk that incidents involving these hazards may cause harm to people, property and the environment, e.g. by explosion, fire or spillage.
In Great Britain (GB), legislation on the carriage of dangerous goods has gradually converged with international legislation. Both aim to regulate in such a way that risks are reduced as far as possible and incidents can be safely and effectively dealt with, but commerce is not impeded.
Carriage of dangerous goods
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 20041 (the Carriage Regulations) apply to the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail. They place general duties on everyone with a role in the carriage of dangerous goods, and specific duties on those in the transport chain, i.e. consignors, carriers, loaders, packers, etc.
The Carriage Regulations refer to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road 20032 (ADR 2003) and Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail 20033 (RID 2003). The Regulations also implement a further Directive on transportable pressure equipment. They replace, by a single Statutory Instrument (SI), 12 previous Sis that regulated the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail in GB.5
Carriage by road
This guide covers the carriage of dangerous goods by road. It is not intended to serve as a summary of either the Carriage Regulations or ADR, but as a ‘route map’ to help you determine whether any carriage might fall within the scope of the Regulations and ADR, and guide you through working with both documents to determine... request a copy of the full document >>