ADR Course Parts

ADR Revision Core Module

ADR is an EU Directive.

It covers all vehicles.

The Core Module Page 2

Territorial Applicability

ADR is an Agreement between States, and there is no overall enforcing authority. In practice, highway checks are carried out by Contracting Parties, and non-compliance may then result in legal action by national authorities against offenders in accordance with their domestic legislation. ADR itself does not prescribe any penalties. At the time of publishing, those Contracting Parties are Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

  • HSE and VOSA will police ADR in the UK with maximum fines for non-compliance of £20‚000.

UK Regulations–CDG for movements within the UK.
International Regulations– ADR for movements between most European Countries.
RID for European movements by rail.

Others–IMDG for movements by sea. ICAO and IRTA for movements by air.
Needs Dangerous Goods Airway Bill
Many things not taken by air:–
  • Explosives.
  • Dry Ice.
  • Corrosive.
  • Magnetic.

Tunnels–Many have own rules, some with an escort, some not at all.
Differences between UK and International Regulations:–
  • Additional documents for crossing water.
  • UK tank markings.
  • Emergency information in language for driver and each country the consignment passes through.


‘Consignee’ means the consignee according to the contract for carriage. If the consignee designates a third party in accordance with the provisions applicable to the contract for carriage, this person shall be deemed to be the consignee within the meaning of ADR. If the transport operation takes place without a contract for carriage, the enterprise which takes charge of the dangerous goods on arrival shall be deemed to be the consignee.

The person who takes charge of the goods at the end of the transport operation.

‘Consignor’ (The Sender) means the enterprise which consigns dangerous goods either on its own behalf or for a third party. If the transport operation is carried out under a contract for carriage, consignor means the consignor according to the contract for carriage.

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