Dangerous goods classifies the substances as dangerous for transport via road, rail, air or sea; emphasising the risk and necessity for licensing and regulations.
Transporting dangerous substances is an operation that can potentially impact the environment and the surrounding community. It is important that everyone involved in transporting dangerous goods understands their responsibilities to help prevent and reduce damage to people, property and the environment.
In South Australia, the transport of dangerous goods is regulated through the:
- Dangerous Substances Act 1979 (SA) and
- Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 (SA).
The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail sets out the operational and technical requirements in the management of dangerous goods transportation.
The Code should be read in conjunction with the Regulations, which include information on licence requirements.
Exemptions, approval and determinations
You may apply for an exemption, approval or determinations using the relevant application form.
2020 amendments to the road traffic regulations
The road traffic regulations have been varied to allow for a the Minister to prohibit the transport of dangerous goods on certain roads. This change occurs at Regulation 64 (5)(d).
64—Prohibition of vehicles carrying dangerous substances on certain roads
(5) This regulation applies to—
(a) the portion of Road Number 8832 Riddoch Highway (Mount Gambier—Port MacDonnell) known as Bay Road, Mount Gambier, that lies between an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the western boundary of section 391, Waterworks Reserve, Hundred of Blanche across the road and an imaginary line 30 metres south of and parallel to an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the southern boundary of allotment 22 Filed Plan 321 across the road;
(b) the portion of John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier that lies between an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the northern boundary of section 415, Hundred of Blanche, across the road and an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the northern-most boundary of section 414, corporation reserve, Hundred of Blanche across the road;
(c) the portion of Road Number 6604 Ocean Boulevard, City of Marion that lies between an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the northern boundary of Majors Road across the road, and an imaginary line formed by the prolongation of the eastern boundary of Brighton Road across the road;
(d) any other portion of road specified by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.
2019 amendments to the regulations
Amendments to the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 (SA) came into effect on 1 July 2019. An information sheet is available that outlines the key changes to the regulations.
These amendments ensure consistency with Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, the accompanying changes to the Model Subordinate Law on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail 2007, as well as the corresponding legislation of other Australian dangerous goods transport jurisdictions.
Key changes in the Regulations include:
Transport of dangerous goods packed in excepted quantities
Duty holders that transport small quantities of certain dangerous goods have reduced marking and documentation requirements if these goods are “packed in excepted quantities”. Excepted quantities (EQ) is a packaging method used to transport dangerous goods by air. Chapter 3.5 of the Code, a new chapter, now legalises EQ as a packaging method for the transport of dangerous goods for road and rail.
New columns 7a and 7b in the Dangerous Goods List of the Code are referenced
The DGT Regulations have been revised to now reference Column 7a and Column 7b of the Dangerous Goods List of the Code. This is because the inclusion of Chapter 3.5 in the Code necessitated amending Column 7 of this list. Column 7 has been renumbered as Column 7a “Limited Quantities”, and a new Column 7b “Excepted Quantities” has been inserted in the Code.
Transport of empty dangerous goods packaging
Empty dangerous goods packaging is permitted to be transported in compliance with Chapter 7.2 of the Code (Transport of empty packagings and containers). The DGT Regulations now clarify that part 8 of these regulations applies to the transport of this packaging and the concessional requirements provided in Chapter 7.2. They also clarify who has duties in relation to the transport of this packaging.
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