Carriage of Dangerous Goods (UK Brexit Preparedness)

The UK government is now consulting on new 2018 CDG Regulations (applicable in Britain) that will be brought forward to amend the CDG 2009 (the 2009 dated CDG Regulations that were amended in 2011) : the document is here

(separate amending regulations will be brought forward in Northern Ireland)

(1) to remove deficiencies arising from the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), including textual amendments to definitions and requirements that are currently predicated on the UK being a Member State of the EU. The In-force day is the day that the UK exits the EU (“exit day”).

The amendments will maintain the dangerous goods regulatory framework and the international process behind it as it is today, including the GB Competent Authority’s power to grant authorisations and implement derogations. Those involved in the carriage of dangerous goods will continue to be required to follow the requirements of RID (for rail) and ADR (for road), in the same way as before EU exit.

The amendments are purely technical. They primarily amend definitions and requirements that are currently predicated on the UK being a Member State of the EU. For example, references to the UK being a “relevant Member State” are replaced with references to “relevant territory”. Textual amendments to CDG 2009 also make it clear that references to ADR and RID will continue to be to the latest versions of those documents, whereas references to the DG Directive and the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (2010/35/EU) will be to the versions of those Directives in force upon exit day. These new regulations will be cited as the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018.

(2) to gather input for future changes – flexibility will continue on how dangerous goods regulation is implemented in the future, the UK government is seeking input on this.

In addition, the legal requirement for vapour recovery systems to be installed on mobile tanks is reinstated.

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 mistakenly revoked regulation 5 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 in its entirety. This regulation referenced, amongst other documents, the Approved Tank Requirements published by the Health and Safety Commission. These included the requirements for the design and construction of tanks in respect of the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Whilst the references to other documents were no longer required, the reference to the Approved Tank Requirements was.

This mistake is being rectified in a separate Statutory Instrument by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. It is entitled [Radioactive Substances], [Transport] of Radioactive Material (Radiation Emergencies) Regulations 2018. Those Regulations will contain a reference to the Approved Tank Requirements concerning the provisions for vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol.

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