Controls and when they apply

Different controls apply for transporting dangerous goods depending on the size and weight of the container and the quantity of goods. These controls are requirements that protect the driver, the stability of goods being transported and the environment.

Exemptions

Controls do not apply to dangerous goods that are

  • in the fuel tank of a vehicle
  • in any plant or equipment that forms part of a vehicle and is required for its operation
  • in any safety or protective equipment that must be carried in a vehicle

There are also exemptions for privately transported dangerous goods in

These controls also do not apply to class 1 (explosives) or class 7 (radioactive substances) as they are regulated under separate legislation and codes of practice.

What controls apply?

Most dangerous goods transport can be grouped into three types, depending on

  • the size and weight of the containers they are in
  • the total quantity of goods transported

These types are

  • less than placard load
  • placard load (smaller quantities)
  • placard load (larger quantities)
Type of transport Controls required

Less than placard load

  • transport documents

Placard load (smaller quantities)

Receptacles with up to and including a 500-litre capacity and containing
up to and including 500 kilograms of dangerous goods, previously called
‘packaged dangerous goods’. The current dangerous goods transport
legislation and ADG Code no longer uses the term 'packaged'.

  • placards (class labels)
  • transport documents
  • emergency information
  • emergency information holder
  • double-sided reflectors
  • one 30B fire extinguisher
  • driver protective equipment
  • dangerous goods stowed correctly
  • dangerous goods segregated

Placard load (larger quantities)

Receptacles with over a 500-litre capacity or containing over 500
kilograms of dangerous goods, previously called ‘bulk dangerous goods’. The current dangerous goods transport legislation and ADG Code no longer use the term 'bulk'.

 

 

  • placards (EIPs and class labels)
  • transport documents
  • emergency information
  • emergency information holder
  • double-sided reflectors
  • additional fire extinguishers
  • driver protective equipment
  • dangerous goods stowed correctly
  • dangerous goods segregated
  • vehicle and driver to be licensed (licences are not required for intermediate bulk containers up to 3,000-litre total capacity as long as they are not filled or emptied while on the vehicle)
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