Haulage: road tank vehicle compliance

The Department for Transport has stated that it is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and industry to resolve an issue around the incorrect certification of a particular model of fuel tanker in operation in the UK.
Apparently, the tankers, manufactured in South Africa, and certified as meeting international standards by Bureau Veritas (SA), were first imported into the UK in 2006. However,, they are not in full compliance with internationally-agreed regulations (the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road – ‘ADR’) and remedial action is being taken to resolve the issue.
Around 230 of the tankers are in operation in Great Britain and account for around 12% of the fleet of vehicles delivering road fuel. Some of these tankers have been on the road for over 7 years and collectively they have travelled millions of miles without a serious incident. Remedial work is planned which would involve tankers over 6 years old being taken out of service first, with modifications on newer models to allow a staged withdrawal of these vehicles over subsequent months. Some haulage firms have already placed, in total, orders for about 100 new tankers.
For advice on any area of road transport law, contact Jared Dunbar on 01829 773 105.
Content is believed to be correct at time of writing. Content written on 29 October 2013.

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