Frequently Asked Questions
Q What does "in his or her possession" mean with respect to the requirement that a driver
not have any ignition source in his or her possession in the vehicle? This is detailed in
Regulation 13.6(2) of the Commonwealth Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods)
A "in his or her possession" means in the cabin of the vehicle. This includes in the glove-
box, in lockers within the cabin, in any sleeper cab accessible directly from the cabin and
in the driver's personal equipment located in the cabin. However, ignition sources located
elsewhere on the vehicle in a secure location outside the cabin are not "in his or her
Q: Are fire extinguishers required to be fitted to each trailer of a combination vehicle
transporting a placard load of dangerous goods?
A: Fire extinguisher requirements are set out in Chapter 12 of the ADG Code and these
apply to the vehicle as a whole, not to individual vehicle units, except for tank vehicles.
These requirements only apply to placard loads. Australian Standard AS2809 Road Tank
Vehicles for Dangerous Goods has more stringent controls for tank vehicles and these
apply only to tank vehicles.
Examples (not tank vehicles)
- a rigid, semi-trailer or B-Double flat top, pantechnicon or curtain-sided vehicle carrying a
placard load of packages must be fitted with one 30B extinguisher.
- a rigid, semi-trailer or B-Double flat top, pantechnicon or curtain-sided vehicle carrying
IBCs or bulk tanks must be fitted with one 10B extinguisher in the cabin plus one set of
other extinguishers required by table 12.2 of the ADG Code.
Vehicles which are tank vehicles must also comply with fire extinguisher stowage requirements of AS2809, which means that each individual unit must be fitted with the extinguishers set out in table 12.2 of the ADG Code.
Examples (tank vehicles)
- a rigid tanker, a trailer tanker or a semi-trailer tanker must be fitted with one 10B dry
powder extinguisher in the cabin of the vehicle or towing vehicle plus one set of other
extinguishers required by table 12.2 of the ADG Code, for example, for greater than
10,000 litres of flammable liquids – two 60B dry powder fire extinguishers or one 80B dry
powder fire extinguisher and one 20B foam type fire extinguisher.
- a B-Double tanker must be fitted with one 10B dry powder extinguisher in the cabin plus
one set of other extinguishers required by table 12.2 of the ADG Code on each trailer, for
example for non-flammable goods – one 60B or two 30B dry powder fire extinguishers on
Q: Are copies of the relevant pages of Australian Standard HB76 - Dangerous Goods Initial
Emergency Response Guide acceptable for use as the emergency information required
for placard loads of dangerous goods?
A: You may use a Standard or parts of a Standard only in accordance with the conditions of
use of Australian Standards. SAI Global, the publisher of Australian Standards, holds
the copyright for these Standards. You will need a copyright agreement with SAI Global
if you wish to copy any part of an Australian Standard unless your proposed use is in
accordance with the copyright conditions. The agreement application is available from
SAI Global at http://www.standards.com.au/standards/directory/copyright/copyright.htm
or by telephone on 1300 654 646.
The Competent Authorities recognise any of the following as acceptable emergency information required by the ADG Code for consignments of dangerous goods: 1. a copy of the relevant pages of HB76; or
2. a copy of the relevant AS1678 Emergency Procedure Guides; or
3. other equivalent emergency information such as that provided by:
a. CANUTEC - Emergency Response Guidebook 2004; or
b. Other third party information suppliers.
Q: What are the safety issues for the use of composite intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) for the transport of dangerous goods?
A: Composite IBCs consist of an outer (normally metal) frame enclosing a plastics inner receptacle suitable for liquids. Transporters of composite IBCs need to ensure that: - Wherever possible, composite IBCs are transported in freight containers; - IBCs are correctly stowed and adequately restrained on a vehicle. Straps and chains
are not to be used to restrain these IBCs unless:
- any stresses are spread over all of the IBC’s metal frame rather than concentrated at 1
or 2 points and
- no stresses are imposed on the inner plastics receptacle; and
- Freight stowed on the IBCs only rests on the IBC’s metal frame and does not place
stresses on the inner plastics receptacle.