ADR or not

The general rule now is that you need a MINIMUM of ‘awareness’ training and access to advice from a DGSA if there’s any UN number on the packaging. The only exception is packages clearly marked with ‘LQ’ stickers.

Posted under Hazardous Goods - ADR

Posted by Alec at 1:11 pm, April 6, 2007

4 Comments so far

  1. Alec added on  April 6th, 2007 at 16:38

    LQ packages are still outside the scope of ADR and it’s still OK to carry ‘small loads’ (below the thresholds) with just ‘awareness’ training.

  2. Alec added on  April 6th, 2007 at 16:56

    No, what happened on 1st January was that drivers of vehicles under 3.5t, who used to be able to carry ADR goods with just ‘awareness’ training, now come under full ADR: but only if they carry goods over the threshold for the Transport Category of the goods. They can still carry goods under the thresholds (‘small loads’) with just awareness training.

    Anyone can carry LQ packages with no formal training.

  3. Alec added on  April 11th, 2007 at 08:44

    Rob, it’s not ‘out of date’, it was published 6 months ago and there’s been NO new legislation since then. They didn’t just rewrite the law in an instant at midnight on December 31st – it’s been known for over 10 years that the change would happen at some time, with the actual date being set almost 2 years ago.

    The January 1st change was just that the UK exemption from full ADR for drivers of vehicles under 3.5t was removed. This is actually covered in the CDG Manual: “For most duty holders the changes are minor but one significant change is that from 1 January 2007 drivers of all vehicles will need to hold an ADR training certificate. The small load exemption will still apply.”

    Note “The small load exemption will still apply”: that means that goods below the thresholds set out in ADR (as amended by the Carriage Regulations) are still exempt from full ADR and can be carried with just ‘awareness’ training.

  4. Alec added on  April 11th, 2007 at 14:49

    The reason it refers to ADR 2005 is that the Carriage Regulations haven’t been amended to incorporate ADR 2007 yet and probably won’t be until the end of the year.

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