Introduction To The Transport Of Dangerous Goods
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (SI 2009 No 1348 - known as CDG2009) make the current editions of ADR and RID applicable to international carriage and domestic carriage within Great Britain (GB). Note: unlike previously, CDG2009 will not need to be remade every two years when ADR and RID are amended.
CDG2009 is accompanied by an approved document (hence its provisions are legally enforceable) known as the “Approved Derogations and Transitional Provisions” (ADTP), and a Guidance Note, both of which are available on the Department for Transport (DfT) website. These DfT Documents will be changed when required (e.g. when a new edition of ADR/RID applies).
Northern Ireland (NI) normally has legislation mirroring the GB position, though it may take some time to appear after the GB version. However, in practice compliance with the GB rules within NI is normally accepted as compliance with the NI provisions.
The carriage of dangerous goods by sea both domestically and internationally is regulated under the requirements of the IMDG Code and enforced by the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No 2367). The latest version of the IMDG Code is implemented via a Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) and guidance may be given in Marine Guidance Notes (MGNs) and Marine Information Notes (MINs). There are basically no derogations for UK only operations.
The carriage of dangerous goods by air, both domestically and internationally, is legally subject to the ICAO Technical Instructions, enforced by the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002 (2002 No 2786) as amended from time to time to reference the most current edition. However, the IATA, so called, Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGRs) are used in practice. These contain all the ICAO requirements, plus some additional terms and conditions for specific countries and airlines.
Note: Statutory Instruments (SI) can be accessed at: www.legislation.gov.uk. Northern Ireland may have its own versions of the following or may not yet have passed the applicable Statutory Rule (SR). In some case the SIs quoted may even be specific to England, with Wales, Scotland and NI having their own equivalents.
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