A Brief Introduction to ADR

A Brief Introduction to ADR

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Driver Training) Regulations 1996 introduced new regulations concerning the training of drivers. These Regulations require drivers of certain vehicles carrying Dangerous Substances which fall within the scope of the regulations to:

  • Attend and complete an approved training course
  • Pass an approved City & Guilds examination
  • Obtain a vocational driver training certificate
  • Carry a valid current vocational driver training certificate during the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Attend a refresher course and pass an approved examination within 12 months preceding the expiry of the certificate
  • Produce your driver training certificate when required by a police officer or goods vehicle examiner

Your Dangerous Goods vocational licence will be valid for five years for national and international journeys throughout Europe.

Classes of a dangerous substance

Dangerous substances are grouped into nine classes. Some classes are sub-divided.
The major classes are:

Class 1 Explosives

Class 2 Gases

Class 3 Flammable Liquids

Class 4.1 Flammable Solids

Class 4.2 Spontaneously Combustible

Class 4.3 Dangerous When Wet

Class 5.1 Oxidising Agents

Class 5.2 Organic Peroxides

Class 6.1 Toxic or Harmful Substances

Class 6.2 Infectious Substances

Class 7 Radioactives

Class 8 Corrosives

Class 9 Miscellaneous

N.B. Don’t forget the section on Accidents involving Dangerous Substances.

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