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Carriage, loading, unloading and handling

Contents

Introduction

This comparatively short part of ADR (part 7) covers the transport chain from loading the vehicle to unloading it.

It includes references to particular provisions for the three basic modes (packages, bulk and tanks)

Basic requirements

There are some very basic requirements in part 1.4 of ADR. In particular, 1.4.1.2 concerns immediate risk to public safety.  Paragraph 1.4.2.2.4 requires the journey to be stopped if there is an infringement which could jeopardise the safety of the operation.

CDG Regs

Regulation 5 is the basis for implementing ADR, where the key obligations are set out in 1.4

ADR

1 The relevant part of ADR is part 7.  For the most part this is straightforward. The following should help to navigate the main requirements

2 Chapter 7.2 contains the special provisions in relation to packages which are set out in column 16 of table A. These are all prefixed "V"

3 Chapter 7.3 contains the special provisions in relation to carriage in bulk which are set out in column 17 of table A. These are all prefixed "VV"

4 Chapter 7.4 contains the special provisions in relation to carriage in tanks which can only be done if allowed by reference in columns 10 or 12 of table A.  It is possible for a competent authority to grant approval for exception to this rule.  The designation codes for vehicle types are also set out (see column 14 of table A)

5 Chapter 7.5 sets out

Annex 8.1 - Examples of poor stowage

Example of poor stowage

Note that the upper cylinders are free to move or be dislodged by cornering or braking forces

Stack of boxes fallen over in van

An example of what can go wrong if stowage is not compliant with 7.5.7

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Updated 2015-08-27