Policy

Providing effective regulation of freight transport

Supporting detail:

Secure carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail

In response to the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001, the UN adopted recommendations to make sure dangerous goods are carried as securely as possible.

These recommendations are contained in chapters 1.10 of the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and in the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).

The international 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). Please see our detailed security requirements section for further information

The Department for Transport has an expert stakeholder group called the Industry Advisory Group to develop and monitor the implementation of these security requirements and the guidance that supports them.

These security regulations are part of wider efforts to help the freight industry protect itself against a range of threats including theft, deliberate sabotage and acts of terrorism.

The Department for Transport is responsible for the enforcement of the secure carriage of dangerous goods requirements (excluding class 7 radioactive materials).

Dangerous good security enquiries

You can contact the Department for Transport 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 2271

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