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Transporting dangerous goods

Guidance on how to transport dangerous goods.

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.

Email: dangerousgoods@dft.gsi.gov.uk Telephone: 020 7944 2881 or 2271

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.

Email: dgenquiries@vca.gov.uk Telephone: 01372 226 111

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.

Email: dangerousgoods@dft.gsi.gov.uk Telephone: 020 7944 2271 or 5120

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 on the carriage of dangerous goods

The Department for Transport has published a range of specialist guidance on transporting dangerous goods. Guidance on the carriage of radioactive material (Class 7) has been published by HSE.

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

The following guidance supports the regulations for the carriage of dangerous goods:

  1. Security requirements for moving dangerous goods by road and rail

    • Guidance
  2. Driving dangerous goods and special loads

    • Detailed guide
  3. Moving dangerous goods

    • Detailed guide
  4. Carriage of dangerous goods other than Class 7: guidelines

    • Guidance
  5. The carriage of dangerous goods: approved derogations and transitional provisions

    • Guidance
  6. Dangerous goods: ADR instructions in writing and UK tunnel codes

    • Guidance

Carriage of dangerous goods: authorisation notices

The Secretary of State for Transport for transport, can issue written authorisations that allow for deviations from the requirements of European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID). 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.

  1. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 465

    • Notice
  2. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 443

    • Notice
  3. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 307

    • Notice
  4. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 284

    • Notice
  5. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 105

    • Notice
  6. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 35

    • Notice
  7. Carriage of dangerous goods authorisation 1

    • Notice

Carriage of dangerous goods: exception notices

Under the carriage regulations, the competent authority (the Department for Transport) can make various provisions to the dangerous goods regulations, including recognising certain standards. These miscellaneous provisions are made through an exceptions notice.

  1. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 33

    • Notice
  2. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 32

    • Notice
  3. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 31

    • Notice
  4. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 30

    • Notice
  5. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 29

    • Notice
  6. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 27

    • Notice
  7. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 7

    • Notice
  8. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 5

    • Notice
  9. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 4

    • Notice
  10. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 3

    • Notice
  11. Carriage of dangerous goods exception notice 2

    • 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.

  1. Dangerous goods incident reporting form

    • Form