Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG/ ADR)

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG/ADR) test is carried out on vehicles which carry dangerous goods. These annual inspections have been suspended because of coronavirus.

How to continue to use your vehicle

Annual goods vehicle roadworthiness tests and annual dangerous goods inspections for vehicles and trailers are suspended to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

There are 2 authorisations to help operators to continue to use their vehicles:

Authorisation 945

To continue transporting dangerous goods using your vehicle, you need to make an application under DfI authorisation 945 .

This will extend the validity of your current ADR certificate for as long as your vehicle:

  • is issued with a Temporary Exemption Certificate (TEC)
  • complies in full with all other ADR requirements, and
  • has valid Tank Certificates, where applicable

You must also carry some documents in the vehicle at all times.

The extension will end when your vehicle requires its next roadworthiness inspection.

To find out when your next roadworthiness inspection is due, follow the guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and motoring page.

Eligibility

Vehicles, including trailers, are eligible if they are registered in Northern Ireland and have an ADR1C dangerous goods certificate which expires on or after 1 March 2020. The vehicle will only be authorised for use within Northern Ireland.

Vehicles you cannot apply for

The authorisations do not apply to:

  • new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicles being put into service for the first time
  • vehicles where the details on the ADR1C document have changed - for example, a change of owner or the products it’s allowed to carry

What you need to do

  1. Check when your ADR certificate expires - you can find this on the current ADR1C certificate if you have one, or in your digital records.
  2. Download and fill in the Operator or Maintenance Contractor declaration form for each vehicle.
  3. Save the form on your computer or device.
  4. Email the form to the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) ADRBooking@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk no sooner than 10 working days before your ADR certificate expires.

    One vehicle per email, with only “ADR 945” and the registration number or trailer number in the subject line.

There’s no application fee.

Rules for using Authorisation 945

You must carry these documents (either printed or digital copies) in the vehicle:

  • a copy of the confirmation email from DVA
  • a copy of your expired ADR certificate
  • a copy of authorisation 945
  • A copy of tank certificates, where applicable.

You must follow the rules when transporting dangerous goods at all times. The vehicle may only be used within Northern Ireland.

Authorisation 476

This authorisation allows new type approved vehicles and trailers to enter into service and be used on the roads of Northern Ireland without an ADR1 certificate. The first ADR inspection would then be due at the same time as the first annual roadworthiness inspection.

Eligibility

New vehicles type approved to the ADR standard are eligible. For more information see the Authorisation.

Applications must be made by the vehicle manufacturer or converter, and an identical vehicle must have already been ADR certified in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

What you need to do

  1. Download and fill in the Manufacturers Declaration Form for each vehicle.
  2. Save the form on your computer or device.
  3. Email the form to the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) ADRBooking@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk. One vehicle per email, with “ADR 476”, the manufacturer name and VIN or chassis number of the vehicle registration number in the subject line.

There’s no application fee.

Rules for using Authorisation 476

You must carry these documents (either printed or digital copies) in the vehicle:

 

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