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At Transmode Logistics, we take the utmost care in ensuring that every aspect of our service complies with regulatory and safety requirements. In haulage, this sometimes means getting a variety of licences. We understand that knowing what licences are needed to get your goods to where they need to be safely is confusing. One is the ADR Licence.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what an ADR license is and when you need one.

What is an ADR Licence?

An ADR Licence is a requirement for drivers who transport dangerous goods in Europe. The licence, previously titled European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, was established in 1957. It means you can be confident that drivers have specific training to transport dangerous goods safely. To get the licence, you need an understanding of the classification of hazardous materials, labelling, documentation, emergency procedures, and loading and unloading practices.

Why is an ADR License Needed?

The transportation of dangerous goods is exactly that – Dangerous.

This means that there are higher risks for environmental harm, threats to public safety and accidents. The ADR licence helps reduce the likelihood of these things occurring and gives the public the confidence to know that all precautions are being taken where possible. It also helps businesses avoid legal repercussions and fines.

Any driver who is going to be transporting goods deemed dangerous within Europe will need an ADR licence. This applies to all quantities, both full and part loads and is mandatory.

Who Needs an ADR Licence?

An ADR Licence is needed by companies that specialise in the logistics and the movement of dangerous goods. This isn’t just the drivers, but also the manufacturers and those involved with chemical production. The licence covers any sector that involves the transportation of dangerous goods.  Materials including flammable liquids, explosives, toxic substances, corrosives and hazardous items are covered under the ADR licences. It is compulsory for drivers and businesses carrying such materials to have an ADR licence.

How To Get an ADR Licence?

Drivers must complete a certified training course to receive the licence. However, it’s not just a one-time thing. A renewal is needed every five years to keep the licence. A refresher training course and exams are needed to showcase knowledge of any changes in regulations and best practices.

At Transmode Logistics, ensuring our drivers are well-trained and versed in the current safety legislation is a matter of importance.

If you have any questions about ADR licences or want to talk to someone about your logistics needs, get in touch with us today.

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