As I said many times, ADR is complicated. And it changes in every second year. So easy to make a mistake. Let’s see the typical ADR mistakes.
1. Equipment. One of the most common mistake the deficient or (and), not valid ADR equipment. As a driver or haulier, one of your duty is to check the ADR kit is complete and valid. Some of the devices have validity date. Escape mask, filters, eyewash. The consignor has the right to check your kit and refuses to load the truck if you are not complying with regulations.
2. Instructions in writing. So-called “Tremcard”. I saw transport companies whose provided tremcards in every European language. You don’t need to do that. You have to use a tremcard in the language of the crew. Irish driver —-> English. Polish driver —-> Polish etc. Simple is that.
3. Documents. I can see lots of errors in the paperwork. Many companies have no clue how to fill papers properly and what “PropresShipping Name” (PSN) means. This is the consignor’s duty, but hauliers also need to check it. Finally, carriers pay the price in case of control on the road.
4. Ferry crossing. Ferry companies have different regulations to transport hazardous goods on the sea. (IMDG) Before you leave the sender’s yard, better to check, you have a Dangerous Goods Note (DGN) about the load. Otherwise, you won’t be able to check in at the ferry. (Wasted time) Also handy to know segregation and stowage rules according to IMDG because sometimes a mixed load allowed by ADR is not allowed by IMDG. And many times these loads need an open deck, so that will be a headache when you try to check in at Fishguard. (No open deck on that boat).
5. Traffic ban for ADR loads. There are few countries with individual signs and weekend bans for trucks loaded with dangerous goods. So better to double check it before you make a mistake. ADR fines are more expensive than any other penalty.
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