ADR exemption

Definition: ADR exemption

What is ADR exemption?

The term ADR stands for 'Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route'. If you transport dangerous goods by road, you will have to deal with this. Various substances have been labelled as dangerous in a European agreement. For the transport of dangerous goods, in some cases you need ADR certification needed for your lighting such as LED work lights. But not in all cases. For an overview of the hazardous substances, I refer you to the term ADR. It is also possible that you will receive an ADR exemption for your transport. This is the case in various situations.

When do you have ADR exemption?

Private transport

A fairly logical exemption is that for private transport where the hazardous substances are packaged for retail sale and intended for personal consumption. When it comes to fuels, you are faced with additional restrictions. You may transport a maximum of 240 litres of fuel in refillable containers. Each canister can hold up to 60 litres of fuel. You must also take various measures to prevent leakage.

ADR exemption related to the main process of the holding

You are also exempt from ADR if you transport hazardous substances that are subordinate to the main business activity. Some examples of this could be delivering to a construction site or transporting in connection with repair, maintenance or supervision. As with private transport, there is a maximum for this. The hazardous substances may contain a maximum of 450 litres per package. For these substances too, measures must be taken to prevent leakage. What is important to know is that the ADR exemption does not apply to transport that is intended for own supply or internal or external distribution.

ADR exemption for the transport of gases

Certain gases are exempt from ADR. These are gases of groups A and O, provided the pressure at 20ºC does not exceed 2 bar and the gases are not liquid or refrigerated. This exemption also applies to gases used for the propulsion of the vehicle, i.e. when it is used as fuel. When the gases are used in food or drink, you are also exempt from ADR.

Exemption of liquid fuels

Solid fuel tanks may hold up to 1,500 litres for propulsion. A tank on a trailer may contain up to 500 litres and portable tanks may contain up to 60 litres. It is important that you actually use this fuel to power the vehicle. When transporting vehicles, the fuel in the vehicle's tank may also be transported under exemption from ADR.

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