Drivers of vehicles with tanks and certain tank components as well as drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods in packages, are required to hold a special vocational certificate of training, sometimes referred to informally as an ‘ADR Certificate’. Typically LGV Training Company candidates take these courses after completing their HGV training.
(For those of you who may wish to know the acronym ‘ADR’ comes from their French name and stands for ‘Accord European Relatif au Transport International des Marchandises Dangereuses par Route’!!)
All drivers of vehicles carrying such dangerous goods must attend an approved basic training course. These courses equip drivers with information and tools so that they:
- are aware of the hazards arising in the carriage of dangerous goods
- can take steps to reduce the likelihood of an incident taking place
- can take all necessary measures for their own safety and that of the public and the environment to limit the effects of any incident that does occur
- have individual practical experience of the actions they will need to take
To obtain an ADR Training Certificate, drivers must attend a Department of Transport approved course.
Prices will vary depending upon the training provider you use, your location and the options and classes taken. Each course will be made up of some, or all, of the following:
|Class 1: Explosives|
|Division 1.1:||Substances and articles that have a mass explosion hazard|
|Division 1.2:||Substances and articles that have a projection hazard|
|Division 1.3:||Substances and articles that have a fire hazard and either a minor blast hazard or a minor projection hazard or both|
|Division 1.4:||Substances and articles which present no significant hazard|
|Division 1.5:||Very insensitive substances which have a mass explosion hazard|
|Division 1.6:||Extremely insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard|
|Class 2: Gases|
|Class 2.1:||Flammable gases|
|Class 2.2:||Non-flammable, non-toxic gases|
|Class 2.3:||Toxic gases|
|Class 3: Flammable liquids|
|Class 4: Other flammable materials|
|Class 4.1:||Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and desensitized explosives|
|Class 4.2:||Substances liable to spontaneous combustion|
|Class 4.3:||Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gas|
|Class 5: Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides|
|Class 5.1:||Oxidizing substances|
|Class 5.2:||Organic peroxides|
|Class 6:Toxic and infectious substances|
|Class 6.1:||Toxic substances|
|Class 6.2:||Infectious substances|
|Class 7: Radioactive material|
|Class 8: Corrosive substances|
|Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles|
Depending upon the class you undertake, costs can vary, but initial training costs start at around £350. In addition to this, refresher courses must be taken by drivers who have held their certificate for a min of four years with no less than 5 weeks to expiry.
The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is an industry initiative backed by the Government to ensure that all petroleum tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a consistently high standard.
The PDP has been designed to fit in with existing industry training and be delivered alongside ADR and Driver CPC and is renewed on the same 5 year cycle as the ADR training certificate. It also requires annual refresher training, including both classroom and practical assessments.