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Carriage Regulations laid in Parliament

HSE InfoLine : 21 April, 2004  (Company News)
New regulations on the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail will come into force on 10 May 2004, the Health and Safety Commission announced today. The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004 (the Regulations) consolidate into one set the previous extensive portfolio of over a dozen sets of regulations.
They implement EC Directives 2003/28/EC, 2003/29/EC and complete the implementation of Directive 1999/36/EC. They also directly reference the 2003 texts of the international agreements, RID for rail and ADR for road - that govern the land carriage of dangerous goods. This new approach is in response to requests from industry for a rationalisation of requirements.

The main changes brought about by the Regulations include:

new limited quantity and load thresholds for transporting dangerous goods;
packaging requirements now based on RID/ADR;
the transport of diesel, gas oil and heating oil coming fully into scope;
new reporting requirements; and
the phasing out of the competent person periodic inspection regime for transportable pressure equipment by 1 July 2006.
The Regulations take account of national derogations agreed with the European Commission in respect of certain transport operations involving local journeys or the movement of dangerous goods in small quantities.

They carry forward the mandatory Emergency Action Code system for placarding certain GB-registered vehicles on GB journeys. The Regulations will be supported by a number of letters of authorisation allowing time-limited relaxations to some requirements. Please look at HSE's website at: for further details.

The Regulations are accompanied by the publication of a free guidance leaflet: 'Working with ADR - an introduction to the carriage of dangerous goods by road'.

Les Philpott, Head of Division within the Health and Safety Executive's Policy Group with responsibility for transport issues, said: 'These new Carriage Regulations are a tremendous step forward in simplifying the framework of rules on the land transport of dangerous goods. The direct referencing of RID and ADR recognises the arguments put to us that this approach would make it far simpler for those moving dangerous goods domestically and internationally to follow one set of rules. And future consultation will become a more straightforward process.

Responsibility for the preparation of future GB legislation on the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail is transferring from HSE to the Department for Transport in time for the Department to draft regulations implementing the 2005 amending Commission Directives. The regulations are due to be in place by 1 July 2005.

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004 (S.I.2004 No 568) will be accessible shortly via the HMSO website at:

Printed copies are published by The Stationery Office Ltd, ISBN 0 11 049063 0, price 9.00. For further details, please contact TSO, tel: 0870 6005522; fax: 0870 600 5533; e-mail: [email protected]

Copies of HSE's free guidance leaflet Working with ADR, an introduction to the carriage of dangerous goods by road are available free to download at or from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, tel: 01787 881165 or fax: 01787 313995. From 1 July 2004 the leaflet will be available from the Department for Transport.

DfT priced and free publications are available from DfT Publications, PO Box 236, Wetherby West Yorkshire, LS23 7NB. Tel 0870 1226 236; Fax 0870 1226 237. Email: [email protected] Website:
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