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Transport of dangerous goods

Transporting dangerous substances is an operation that has the potential to impact the environment and the surrounding community, which is why Dangerous goods classifies the substances as dangerous for transport via road, rail, air or sea; emphasizing the risk and necessity for licensing and regulations to abide by.

It is possible to apply for Exemptions, Approvals and Determinations under the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 by comprehensively completing the application forms.

Your exemption identifies a provision of the regulations under the Act that you wish to exempt. There must be details of the dangerous substances to which the exemption may apply. The exemption will specifically relate to the transport of the dangerous goods by vehicle.

Completing the application for approvals will ensure you have approval to be licenced under the Dangerous substances legislation. Ensuring the necessary steps has been completed to gain approval for certain tasks that are involved with dangerous substances such as the method of segregation and the use of a vehicle to transport the dangerous goods.

Applying for a determination creates an influence over the suspected grounds of goods that should be considered a dangerous substance. The application can enable Authority to determine dangerous goods be classified, marked or packed in accordance with the Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008.

Amendments to the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 (SA)

Amendments to the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 (SA) (DGT Regulations) came into effect on 1 July 2019.

These amendments ensure consistency with Edition 7.6 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (the Code), the accompanying changes to the Model Subordinate Law on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail 2007, as well as the corresponding legislation of other Australian dangerous goods transport jurisdictions. Key changes in the DGT Regulations include:

Transport of dangerous goods packed in excepted quantities

  • Duty holders that transport small quantities of certain dangerous goods have reduced marking and documentation requirements if these goods are “packed in excepted quantities”. Excepted quantities (EQ) is a packaging method used to transport dangerous goods by air. Chapter 3.5 of the Code, a new chapter, now legalises EQ as a packaging method for the transport of dangerous goods for road and rail.

New columns 7a and 7b in the Dangerous Goods List of the Code are referenced

  • The DGT Regulations have been revised to now reference Column 7a and Column 7b of the Dangerous Goods List of the Code. This is because the inclusion of Chapter 3.5 in the Code necessitated amending Column 7 of this list. Column 7 has been renumbered as Column 7a “Limited Quantities”, and a new Column 7b “Excepted Quantities” has been inserted in the Code.

Transport of empty dangerous goods packaging

  • Empty dangerous goods packaging is permitted to be transported in compliance with Chapter 7.2 of the Code (Transport of empty packagings and containers). The DGT Regulations now clarify that part 8 of these regulations applies to the transport of this packaging and the concessional requirements provided in Chapter 7.2. They also clarify who has duties in relation to the transport of this packaging.

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