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Road Transport Regulations

Road Transport Regulations


The European agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road ("Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises dangereuses par route", known as ADR) regulates the carriage of dangerous goods by road in Europe.

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 ("CDG 2009"), SI 2009 No 1348 , implement ADR in the United Kingdom and it includes a number of exceptions and derogations that only apply in relation to carriage by road wholly within the UK.

One example of these variations can be seen in Schedule 1 Regulation 6(3), 4,(1) which states that:

"If dangerous goods are being carried in tanks a telephone number where specialist advice concerning the dangerous goods in question can be obtained in English at any time during carriage must be displayed."
The HSE Prosecution Guidance states that an initial response with basic advice should be given within 10 minutes and that more detailed advice is provided within 30 minutes (1 transfer allowed).
Prohibition Notices can be issued for:

  • No number displayed

  • No response or seriously inadequate response to number

For many vehicle operators, it can be very challenging to ensure that there is a reliable procedure in place to meet this requirement.  The 24-7 Response Emergency Line service enables specialist advice to be provided at all times on behalf of our clients.


Further Information

The Department for Transport (DfT) produces some useful guidance documents that cover the UK’s derogations and exemptions. Please click on the links below:


Department for Transport (DfT)

The DfT leads the transport sector using many partners to deliver many of its services.  The department is split into several Executive Agencies including; Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) along with Non Departmental Public Bodies and other bodies including; Civil Aviation Authority and Trust Ports. http://www.dft.gov.uk/
The Department for transport produces useful guidance documents. Please click on the links below:


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