Regulatory and Enforcement Bodies – Dangerous Goods – Who does it involve?

ADR is not just enforced by one Government body in Great Britain but is shared amount various bodies with varying duties.

These include…

Department for Transport (DfT)

This body is responsible for liaising with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and run various consulting groups to discuss and report on changes needed or issues that have arisen from the regulations.  This is why the regulations change every 2 years to reflect the work each country does.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE provide help and guidance on the carriage of dangerous goods including the national legislation Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road 2009.  HSE can also become involved when there is an incident involving dangerous goods.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

As this agency has persons on the ground on a daily basis checking compliance at the roadside, it makes sense that should also check ADR compliance at the same time. In the event of a vehicle being found to not meet the requirements, then the DVSA has the power to issue a special prohibition notice to prevent you from continuing with your journey, until the issue that has been found has been rectified. 

The Police Service

In the same way that DVSA enforces ADR Regulations, specialist Police Officers, normally Traffic Officers, will also conduct ADR checks at the roadside in relation to dangerous goods, they have the same powers as DVSA Officers and can issue prohibitions when the regulations are not met.

Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)

This body is responsible for issuing the vehicle approvals for the carriage of dangerous goods.  Most dangerous goods are carried in packages, therefore do not need a vehicle approval, but where a vehicle is holding the goods, such as bulk shipments or liquid tankers, these vehicles have to be approved by the VCA for carriage of dangerous goods in GB.

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