Dangerous goods

This chapter explains the regulations around transporting dangerous goods, including load thresholds, documentation and driver, vehicle and equipment requirements.

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  • The regulations.
  • Load thresholds for packaged dangerous goods.
  • Transport documentation.
  • Instructions in writing.
  • Other documentary requirements.
  • Additional requirements.
    • Braking equipment.
    • Fire fighting.
    • Electrical equipment.
    • Other miscellaneous vehicle equipment.
  • Loading, unloading and handling.
  • ADR vehicle markings.
  • EHS marking.
  • Tank inspections.
  • Driving training.
    • Training of persons other than drivers involved in the carriage of dangerous goods by road.
  • Tunnel codes.
  • Maritime requirements.
  • Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers.
  • Bulk containers.
  • Transport of dangerous goods – security.
    • Plans for high consequence dangerous goods.
    • Road and rail – United Kingdom scheme.
  • Further security developments.
  • High consequence dangerous goods.
  • General good practice to follow if stopped en route.
  • UN hazard classes and danger signs.
  • Vehicle placards – UK journeys only.


The carriage of dangerous goods clearly needs rules and regulations to ensure that these goods are transported safely.

Read more about the carriage of dangerous goods in our briefing notes below.


International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

In Europe the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road is governed by the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). The purpose of the Agreement is to ensure that dangerous goods can travel internationally by road without hindrance provided that the goods are packed and labelled in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement and that the vehicles used comply with technical requirements set down in the Agreement. Tank vehicles, tank containers and demountable tanks must undergo a technical inspection in their country of origin.  

Logistics UK’s Yearbook of road transport law provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of the important practical advice surrounding this important transport operation. Subjects covered include the information concerning load thresholds, instructions in writing, documentation, the safe loading, unloading and handling of dangerous goods, vehicle markings, training requirements and much more.    

Download the dangerous goods chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law