Driver training requirements
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (as amended) require drivers engaged in the carriage of dangerous goods to undertake a basic course to:
- make drivers aware of hazards arising in the carriage of dangerous goods
- give them basic information indispensable for minimising the likelihood of an incident taking place
- enable them to take measures which may prove necessary for their own safety and that of the public and the environment should an incident take place
- give them information indispensable for limiting the effects of an incident
The Regulations set out the minimum training requirements for issue of ADR driver training certificates.
Issue and Extension of ADR Driver Training Certificates
Candidates must undertake an approved training course, and must successfully complete the approved practical assessments and written examinations before an ADR driver training certificate can be issued. This certificate is valid for five years from the date of issue, but its validity may be extended for periods of up to five years by the Secretary of State where, within the period of twelve months which precede the expiry of the original certificate or any extension of it granted within the Regulations, the holder can show to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State completion of an approved training course in the carriage of dangerous goods which has been approved by the Secretary of State, and a pass in the appropriate examinations.
Regulations Affecting Drivers
The Regulations require drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods within scope of the regulations to:
- Attend and complete an approved training course and practical assessments.
- Pass the SQA examinations.
- Obtain an ADR driver training certificate, which will be valid for five years for national and international journeys through signatory 49 countries, confirming successful completion of attendance and examinations.
- Attend a refresher course and take an approved examination within a period of not more than twelve months and no less than four weeks preceding the expiry of the original, or any subsequent, certificate.
- Carry a valid current ADR driver training certificate during the carriage of dangerous goods, within scope of the regulations.
Drivers Included in the Regulations
The requirement to undertake approved training and hold an ADR driver training certificate for the transport of dangerous goods applies to drivers of:
- Road tankers
- Vehicles carrying tank containers
- All vehicles carrying dangerous goods which fall within the scope of the Regulations
Training Requirements for Other Employees
In addition to the requirements set out above, the Regulations require the carrier of any vehicle engaged in the carriage of dangerous goods to ensure that all relevant staff have received adequate instruction and training. The Regulations define what the training must include, and require the operator to keep a record of any training provided in accordance with the Regulations.
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