An ADR licence is required if you wish to transport dangerous substances by road. An ADR licence is a vocational qualification that belongs to a professional driver. It must be carried at all times whilst transporting dangerous goods by road, that comes into scope (certain minimum amount).
To acquire an ADR licence you must first attend an ADR training course. The ADR course will last between 1 and 5 days depending on the type of ADR licence you require.
Most HGV drivers tend to complete the packaged goods and tanker 5 day course. The ADR course and exams are deemed as being equivalent to an NVQ level 2. Once you have completed the course you must sit and pass examinations for each particular class and module you have studied. Your exams are marked by the Scottish Qualification Authority (S.Q.A.) and the ADR licence issued by The DVLA. If you attend a 5 day ADR course you will need to pass 6 exams. The exams take a multi choice format with the pass mark being 70%. Having an ADR licence give s you more employment options and can mean a higher salary. By using our unique training company search facility you can link up with an approved training provider in your area.
The training course will cover the following subjects.
• hazard class identification
• limited quantities
• transport categories
• emergency procedures
• type of packages
• type of tanks
There are 9 classes of dangerous goods including
• class 1 Explosives
• class 2 Gasses
• class 3 Flammable liquids
• class 4 Flammable solids
• class 5 Oxidizing substances
• class 6 Infectious substances
• class 7 Radioactives
• class 8 Corrosives
• class 9 Miscellaneous
An ADR licence last 5 years and certain elements of ADR can count towards Driver CPC training.
This post has been written by Sean Pargeter. Owner of www.nolgvbrokers.co.uk and Director of EP Training Services Ltd