Dangerous Goods Update Summer 2017

12th July 2017

Emergency action code 2017 – NCEC has published the latest domestic emergency action codes for use with road tankers, bulk etc. These took effect 1 July 2017.

As there are changes are contained within just a few pages we recommend you view them to see if you transport such substances – one example would be AMMONIUM NITRATE BASED FERTILIZER UN2067 which changes from 1Z to 1Y – these changes are due to take effect from 1 July 2017.

Get hard copies of the EAC2017 from Labeline or download online via NCEC


What does a driver ADR licence look like in other countries?

The UNECE website holds a portfolio of ADR member state ADR licences so you can compare a physical copy to help ensure a foreign held licence is genuine.

Review the certificates at the UNECE website


ADR tanker driver has HGV licence suspended then revoked due to haz-spill where he took no action.

Action was taken under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which resulted in fines totalling nearly £3000 including costs imposed by magistrates; and then, in a later driver conduct hearing held by Fiona Harrington, the deputy traffic commissioner for the north-west, the driver’s HGV (and PCV) licence was revoked. There is no legal process for the removal of a driver’s ADR licence. The driver, Mr S Carrington, is still entitled to drive motor vehicles below HGV threshold limits. RHA has voiced its concerns over the status of the valid ADR certificate to the Department for Transport.

Read more in Commercial Motor


Dangers of lithium batteries

In late June, the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Practitioners Forum heard a presentation and footage of an HGV tyre fire where lithium batteries were transported undeclared. The load subsequently caught fire and meant both carriageways of the M1 were closed for 11 hours while a series of explosions occurred and the emergency services battled the blaze followed by a re-surfacing of the road. The company was fined £15,000 plus costs after a prosecution under regulation 5 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

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DfT Authorisation 476

For new aluminium tankers at first ADR certification using form ADR III, and those submitting tanker information for the Authorisation 476, the initial ADR certification waiver process.

As from 1 July 2017 first applications for ADR tankers using either process must also be accompanied by an image of the tank plate showing the manufacturer’s serial number, shell material(s) and material standard reference(s), and, in the case of an aluminium tank, the relevant radiographic examination report showing the standards used for radiographic testing and acceptance criteria, demonstrating compliance with the relevant requirements in force under ADR.

Get the ADR aluminium tanker radiographic standards letter

Get the Please click here for the ADR Authorisation form.