All carriers must comply with the legislation concerning the carrier of hazardous substances. The rules for the transporter of dangerous goods by road are set out in a European agreement called ADR (Accord européen relative au transport international de marchandises Dangereuses par Route).
In addition to the ADR, we also have to deal with the Dutch legislation VLG (regulation for the transport of hazardous substances over land).
What is allowed and what is not?
It is only permitted to transport dangerous goods in maximum (substance-specific) quantities, also known as Limited Quantities (LQ).
Prerequisite for sending shipments as LQ is a correct packaging that is marked with a diamond-shaped logo, namely:
When one or more of the following labels (or variations thereon) are on a shipment, the shipment does not fall under LQ and can not be transported.
Hidden hazardous substances:
Common products that are dangerous that you do not expect:
Perfume: Contains combustible solvents
E-smoker: Contains toxic liquids and lithium batteries
Fire extinguisher: Cylinder under very high pressure (risk of explosion)
Acne cream: Contains caustic components
Car battery: Short-circuit hazard and contains corrosive liquid
Rum: Rum with more than 70% alcohol is a very flammable liquid
Most common errors LQ shipments:
- LQ may not be shipped in single packaging
- LQ must not exceed 5 liters / kilo per inner package (*)
- LQ may not have a hazard class label
- LQ must not weigh more than 30 kilos per outer packaging
(*) per substance and packing group there are specific maximum quantities, but never more than 5 liters / kilo
To be allowed dangerous goods and / or objects carrier according to ADR (LQ), approval must be requested from the relevant carrier.
Only when the approval is issued may dangerous substances be transported.
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