Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG/ ADR)

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) test is carried out on vehicles which carry dangerous goods within the UK. The CDG test is available at the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) test centres in Belfast, Cookstown, Coleraine and Mallusk.

CDG/ ADR test fees

The CDG test is sometimes called the ADR test. See test fees in the table below:

Categories Fee £
Application for CDG/ ADR vehicle technical inspection £88.50
Retest £45.50
Duplicate certificate £14.00

New type approved tractor units

An application for the first CDG/ ADR certificate for an articulated tractor unit which is based on the manufacturer’s declaration of conformity costs £28.00 and can only be made by post or by calling in person to any of the DVA test centres.

There is no longer a requirement for CDG/ ADR approved artic units (CDG/ ADR type approval provided by vehicle manufacturer) to be presented at a test centre for its first inspection.

A test certificate will be posted to the applicant once DVA has received the applicant's completed application form and fee.  Post both to:

Driver and Vehicle Agency
CDG/ ADR Section
Balmoral Road
Malone Lower
BT12 6QL

The CDG/ ADR application form can be downloaded at the link below or phone 0300 200 7861:

DVA can also test vehicles requiring certification under the CDG/ ADR agreement, something previously only carried out by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

New semi and draw bar trailers which do not require an annual roadworthiness test will be required to undergo a full brake test as part of the CDG/ ADR test.

Depending on which type of CDG/ ADR test is applied for, the application form will provide guidance on the vehicle declarations and certificates that are required with the application.

Only copies of these certificates should be sent with the application form, with the original certificates being required by the examiner at the time of test.

Competent authorities

DVA will be acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland competent authorities in relation to the CDG/ ADR  Vehicle Certification aspects of the legislation only.

The Health and Safety Executive (NI) is the competent authority for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods (excluding explosives).

The Department of Justice Firearms and Explosives Branch is the competent authority for vehicles carrying explosives.

Contact Firearms and Explosives Branch on 028 9052 0057.

Both competent authorities have appointed DVA to carry out the inspection of vehicles on their behalf.

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