What is Driver ADR?
The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.
If you are driving a vehicle carrying dangerous goods then you must, by law, hold an ADR licence, which is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.
Prior to January 2007 this only applied to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes but now you must have the ADR licence if you’re in an HGV or in a Ford Transit and examples could include:
• A road tanker containing any dangerous goods.
• A vehicle carrying a tank container loaded with any dangerous goods.
• A vehicle carrying dangerous goods in bulk.
• A vehicle carrying radioactive material.
• A vehicle carrying dangerous goods in packages.
Having an ADR Licence is a great qualification to have and there is a high demand for ADR trained drivers which can lead to better job opportunities and also better wages.
Full ADR training and licensing will cost between £300-£500 depending on the modules taken so can be considered a great investment and if it gets you a better job then it will pay for itself.
The ADR training is typically broken up into modules and your choices will depend on the type of job you do or ADR Licence you want to do and what hazardous materials you will be transporting.
• Class 2 – Gases
• Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
• Class 4 – Flammable Solids
• Class 5 – Oxidising Agents
• Class 6 – Toxic Substances
• Class 8 – Corrosives
• Class 9 – Miscellaneous
As a side note, Class 1 – Explosives and Class 7 – Radioactives are generally run as separate modules and not included in the typical ADR training.