Rules on driver training, transport of dangerous substances

New regulations on the training of drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods by road begin to take effect on 1 July.1 Amendments to the existing regulations on the carriage of dangerous substances in road tankers and packages also came into force on 1 June.2

The driver training regulations implement a 1989 EC Directive. The main new requirement in the UK is for drivers to hold a training certificate, obtained by attending an approved training course and passing an approved examination. The certificates will be valid for five years, when they will have to be renewed by refresher training and re-examination.

The requirement will apply from 1 July to drivers of road tankers with a capacity of ov

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