Truck and Track Autumn 2023

Truck and Track Autumn 2023 70 DANGEROUS GOODS JD: The issue is that we simply don’t know what we don’t know. With renewed national focus on Commercial Vehicle Units being recognised as an important part of the Roads Policing Family it is now being mentioned in the Strategic Policing Requirement 2023. Consequently, drivers can expect more stops. We rely on people telling us about those who are carrying non-declared DG. ROGER WRAPSON th Edition A Guide to Exemptions from the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road 6 Exemptions_Guide_6th_290922.indd 1 13/12/2022 12:35 Labeline’s Guide helps maximise the benefits of the LQ Derogations RS: Limited Quantity derogations and Small Load exemptions are hugely beneficial for industry by allowing certain DG to be shipped below specified thresholds without having to meet the requirements of ADR. Do you come across many breaches of these exemptions? TH: I do see quite a lot of LQ on the road. It’s not usually an issue but the fire extinguisher is always worth a look as drivers who only carry LQ often forget about the 2KG one. JD: We do come across some. But often we find that hauliers over-mark often due to poor advice and understanding by consignors, DGSA’s and industry. This is better than the other way round, although it can cause incidents to take longer to resolve as we treat them more cautiously. When we do encounter those who have got it wrong it is normally down to a simply misunderstanding rather than trying to ‘get away with it’. RS: What is the most unusual or bizarre situation that you have come across relating to the transport of DG? TH: Finding a mixed load whereby a Combine Harvester cutter head had been loaded on top of a load of DG. The Weight of the cutter head was about 8 tonnes which would have eventually caused them to leak with the weight pushing down. JD: The most unusual check I conducted was involving Toxic Gas. As I was checking the drivers escape mask for a date, I found it to be marked up with a Hammer and Sickle and was ex-military issue by the USSR army. Needless to say, I could not find an expiry date and the driver was advised not to breathe through the filter as it looked dusty! *The photos shown in this article are courtesy of, and copyright of, Suffolk Constabulary. About Labeline… Worldwide, Labeline Intl. has maintained its position as the leading authorised distributor for the regulations covering the transport of Dangerous Goods by road, rail, sea and air. As the only authorised reseller in UK and Ireland for all modes of transport, Labeline is at the forefront of compliance when it comes to Dangerous Goods and stocks 1,000’s of UN, IMO, IATA and ICAO publications. Labeline, for all your Dangerous Goods compliance needs: ■ Regulations and Publications ■ Packaging ■ Packaging Labels ■ Chemical Regulations and GHS ■ Placards ■ Training ■ Software Consultancy ■ Documents and Forms ■ Events For more information visit: Order on line 24-7 Phone: 0870 850 5051 Order today - delivered tomorrow ADR 2023 became mandatory on 1st July 2023 (shown here with bespoke Labeline tabs)