What is the ADR?

22 June, 2023
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The ADR (Accord Européen relatif au transport international des marchandises dangereuses par route) is a European agreement for the international carriage of dangerous goods by road. This lays down rules with which the transportation of hazardous materials must comply.

When was the ADR adopted and put into effect?

The ADR was adopted in 1957 and entered into force on Jan. 29, 1968.

Which body sets the ADR?

ADR was adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE in Geneva). Every 2 years the ADR is updated and a modified version is published. The Dutch translation of the ADR can be found on the website of theThe Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Where does ADR apply?

The ADR has been ratified by 48 countries, including some in Asia and North Africa.

What is the purpose of ADR?

Establishing uniform rules for the transport of hazardous materials in Europe aims to increase the quality and safety of transport.

What is the most important article in the ADR treaty?

With the exception of some extremely hazardous substances listed in the ADR, hazardous substances may be transported by road under the conditions of the ADR.

Does ADR also apply to domestic transport?

The Dutch translation of the ADR is included as an appendix in the Regulations for the Land Transport of Dangerous Goods (VLG) and is therefore also subject to Dutch laws and regulations.

What topics are covered by ADR?

  • Part 1: General regulations
  • Part 2: Classification
  • Part 3: List of dangerous goods
  • Part 4: Requirements for packaging and tanks
  • Part 5: Procedures for shipping
  • Part 6: Construction and testing of packagings and tanks.
  • Part 7: Transportation, loading, unloading and handling
  • Part 8: Crew, equipment and operation and documentation
  • Part 9: Construction and approval of vehicles

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