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Proposed Changes to ADG7

Graham Marshall - Thursday, July 18, 2013
Australian Truckies carrying dangerous goods will soon need to change the way they store thier transport documents. 

A proposal from the National Transport Commission (NTC) to bring the 7th edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7) in line with international regulations makes changes to the storage of transport documents. 

The ADG7 is based in the United Nations’ model regulations. 

The NTC says its proposed amendments will adopt the latest UN regulations. ADG7 was published in 2007 to align with the 15th edition of the UN regulations. 

The UN regulations are now in their 17th edition. 

The main new requirement is for drivers to be made to store transport documents in Emergency Information Holders (EIHs). 

The ADG7 does not currently dictate how transport documents should be carried or where theyshould be located.

This has often made it difficult for enforcement or emergency response officers to locate them. 

The new provision from NTC imposes a clear requirement for drivers to carry transport documents in EIHs when moving placarded loads. 

The NTC’s proposal will also amend the code to make it a condition for supplying transport documents suitable for placing in EIHs.

It says the amendment is designed to address the problem of operators and drivers receiving documents that do not fit in the holders. 

The new provision will also prevent drivers being handed documentation in sealed envelopes from consignors.

The public has been given until September 2 to provide feedback on the NTC’s recommendation. 
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