Dangerous Goods in the Spotlight

Dangerous Goods Code

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NatRoad has formed a dangerous goods working group to assist the evaluation of how to make laws about the transport of dangerous goods simpler and better for our members and the community.

“The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail,” says Warren Clark CEO of NatRoad.

“The way the States and Territories legislate the ADG Code is currently being investigated by the National Transport Commission (NTC) which recently published an Issues Paper[1] to get feedback on how the law can be improved.

“Consistent requirements about compliance and enforcement with the ADG Code agreed between the State and Territories would go a long way to helping industry.

“Each State and Territory has a different authority which administers the dangerous goods laws.  As the regulators, only they each deal with operational issues such as labelling, packaging, quantities or placarding. NTC’s role is limited to maintaining and updating the ADG Code.

“But as part of this current review, NatRoad wants to hear from members about your experiences with any inconsistencies in the interpretation and enforcement of the dangerous goods law in any respect as well as telling us about any ways that the Code has been interpreted differently by regulatory agencies.

“Your feedback and experience will be used in the submission to the NTC due on the 3 July 2020.

“We urge members to give us feedback on their issues with the Code and other elements of the dangerous goods law.  You can do this by joining the working group or just by sending us an email or having a conversation with a NatRoad adviser,” Clark concluded.

To get in contact with our Member Services Team call 1800 272 144 or email [email protected].

[1] Examining the legal framework for the land transport of dangerous goods