Dangerous goods transport

Overview

Both the driver and vehicle must be licensed by WorkSafe Tasmania when the quantities of dangerous goods transported by road exceed:

  • 500 litres or kilograms for a container
  • 3000 litres for a single IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) or total capacity of IBCs,  not filled or emptied on the vehicle
  • risk category 2 or 3 load for Class 1 (explosives)

Driver licence application

Submit the approved form at a Service Tasmania shop.

Application for Dangerous Goods Driver Licence (pdf, 188.6 KB)

Dangerous Goods Driver (Medical) (pdf, 617.7 KB)

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a licence, you must:

  • meet specified medical criteria and training standards.
  • have a good driving record for the 5 years before you apply.

WorkSafe will not grant you a licence if:

  • you have been found guilty by a court in Australia of an offence that makes you unsuitable to be the driver of a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • your drivers licence has been cancelled or suspended on a ground that makes you unsuitable to be the driver of a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • you are subject to a court order prohibiting you from being involved in transporting dangerous goods by road.

Vehicle licence application

Submit the approved form at a Service Tasmania Shop.

Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence (pdf, 604.5 KB)

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) has minimum standards for licensed vehicles, for example:

  • placarding
  • documentation
  • safety equipment and emergency information
  • segregating incompatible goods
  • bulk transfer requirements
  • design standards for containers and tank vehicles.

From 22 February 2017, further amendments to the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010 will take effect.

These changes reflect ongoing improvements recommended by the United Nations for the transport of classified goods. They also:  

  • remove redundant requirements for inner package labels due to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals that came into effect from January 2017
  • clarify ventilation requirements for tools of trade
  • implement new concessions for the transport of specific dangerous goods packed in limited quantities
  • increase the minimum load limit for vehicle placarding
  • remove requirements for vehicle licence labels due to new online and scanning technology
  • reflect minor adjustments to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Forms and guides

Guides

Transporting Fireworks by Road PDF, 399.3 KB

Summarises essential transport requirements to help firework operators, pyrotechnicians, drivers and others involved in loading and transporting fireworks.

ID: GB339 | Date: 04/2014


Forms

Dangerous Goods Driver (Medical) PDF, 617.7 KB

For a registered Medical Practitioner to assess medical fitness of a person for eligibility to obtain a Dangerous Goods Driver Licence

ID: DG2 | Date: 07/2015


Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence PDF, 604.5 KB

For a person to make application to drive a road vehicle transporting goods listed in the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010

ID: DG3 | Date: 07/2015


Dangerous Goods Driver Licence PDF, 188.6 KB

For person to make application for a licence to drive a road vehicle transporting goods as listed in the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010

ID: DG1 | Date: 07/2014


Manifest Quantity Workplace PDF, 203.1 KB

For persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to notify the regulator in relation to “Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals” in “manifest quantities”

ID: GF014 | Date: 07/2015


Notification of an Abandoned Tank DOC, 122.5 KB

For a person to make notification to WorkSafe if a tank has been abandoned

ID: GF137 | Date: 01/2015


Codes

Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, 7th edition (ADG Code)

Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail - 3rd edition (AE Code)



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