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
- small quantities (very small amounts of dangerous goods in individual consignments are exempt, in accordance with Clause 6 (2) (a) of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulation 2014 and table 188.8.131.52 of the ADG Code: Edition 7.5)
- single consignments of small receptacles
- certain quantities carried as tools of trade
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)
Whenever you are engaged in dangerous goods transport, you must ensure that anyone you engage, employ or permit to perform a task involved in the transport of dangerous goods must be appropriately trained, instructed and supervised to ensure they can perform the task safely and in accordance with the dangerous goods legislation.
|Type of transport||Controls required|
Less than placard load
Placard load (smaller quantities)
Receptacles with up to and including a 500-litre capacity and containing
Placard load (larger quantities)
Receptacles with over a 500-litre capacity or containing over 500