ADR test for carrying dangerous goods
The ADR is a specialist test for vehicles carrying dangerous or hazardous goods in bulk by road.
Your vehicle must pass an ADR test if it’s a commercial vehicle or a trailer used to carry explosives, or if it’s used in the UK or abroad:
- to carry dangerous goods in a fixed tank, demountable tank or fixed battery of pressure vessels of over 1,000 litres capacity
- for carrying dangerous goods in a container or portable tank or battery of pressure vessels of over 3,000 litres capacity
The test varies depending on the type of goods you want to carry.
How to book a test and what it costs
Complete the application for an ADR test.
Say on the form if the vehicle is to be tested while still carrying dangerous goods (or their residue) - DVSA will make arrangements for this.
Include copies of insurance certificates (originals will need to be seen at the test) for fixed tanks, batteries and pressure vessels.
Send your application at least 10 days before you want to take the test.
You can submit your form online or post it to:
Vehicles and trailers need individual certification, so an articulated or drawbar combination will need 2 ADR applications - one for the vehicle and one for the trailer. You have to pay a fee for each part.
Fees for ADR testing and certification
The fees listed are in addition to the standard annual test fee.
|Re-inspection within 14 days
|New type approved artic tractor certificate
Fees may be different in Northern Ireland.
Taking your vehicle to the test
Vehicles should not normally be loaded or uncleaned when they’re taken for the ADR test, unless special arrangements have been made with the testing station.
The exception is for vehicles loaded with UN1202 diesel, gas or heating oil where there’s also no residue of other flammable materials in tank vapour spaces.
If a dangerous goods vehicle is taken to the test uncleaned or not purged, or is laden with dangerous goods, DVSA will need to see evidence that the vehicle is accompanied by a person with an appropriate ADR driver’s licence.
You’ll need to submit form VTG15 to the testing station to show if your vehicle is carrying or has been carrying dangerous goods.
Getting a re-inspection after a failed test
If you fail the test, phone the testing station you used to arrange another inspection.
New goods vehicle tractor units that have ‘ADR-type approval’
If you buy a new tractor unit, ask your vehicle supplier if it has been built to an ‘ADR-type approval’. This means you can get ADR-type certification for it. The manufacturer should supply a combined Declaration of Conformity and application form ADR IIIA, which you can then send to DVSA.
Get a replacement ADR certificate
You can apply for a replacement ADR certificate if you have lost the original, or need to change the owner or address.
Download and complete the form and submit it to DVSA.
Apply by post
Print out and complete the form and post it to:
Change of ADR category
If you want a new certificate because there’s been a change of ADR category contact DVSA for advice.
Telephone: 0300 123 9000
Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6pm
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