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CDG09 exemptions

Part 3 of The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (CDG09) relates to exemptions. This includes authorisations (regulation 12), derogations and transitional provisions (regulation 11) and exceptions (regulation 11A).

Authorisations (Regulation 12)

For a variety of reasons it has been found necessary to issue authorisations to allow certain activities to take place outside the strict scope of Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID). These are added to and deleted as the need arises or recedes.

Under CDG09 regulation 12, ONR can issue written authorisations concerning the transport of radioactive material that allow for deviations from ADR requirements and RID requirements. These authorisations carry conditions and time limits, and apply to carriage within Great Britain only. The authorisations can be withdrawn by ONR at any time by means of a written notice.

List of CDG09 Regulation 12 authorisations issued by ONR

CDG09 Authorisation No. Description
500 Rev. 2

Authorisation to permit exclusion from CDG09 the transport of certain very low level radioactive wastes that are permitted to be disposed of as normal waste to public landfill

  1. Essentially this means that organisations like schools and universities that are allowed to dispose of very small quantities of radioactivity by this route, may now use normal refuse collection services to do so, subject to conditions in the authorisation.
  2. ONR's technical assessment supporting this work concludes that there will be no resulting impact on public safety from the introduction of the authorisation.
  3. Advice on the disposal of radioactive waste should be sought from the Environment Agency (for England) Natural Resources Wales or the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, as appropriate.
  4. This authorisation applies only to the radioactive nature of the wastes involved. All regulatory requirements arising from any other dangerous property must be met in full.
503 Rev. 0

Authorisation to permit Carriage of Class 7 goods where asbestos forms a subsidiary hazard and the conditions of ADR or RID Special Provision 168 cannot be met

Essentially this means that some types of radioactive material comingled with asbestos may be transported in an IP-2 or Type A package after wrapping in polythene, subject to conditions in the authorisation.

502 Rev. 1

Authorisation to permit the use of a Regular Transport Document for Class 7 goods

This authorisation permits the use of a Regular Transport Document within Great Britain, subject to certain conditions in the authorisation. Essentially this allows the same transport document to be used for a specific period of up to 3 months, where the same packaging with the same radioactive contents (and no sub-risk) is consigned on a regular basis in GB by the same consignor, who is also the carrier of that package.

Authorisation notices concerning other dangerous goods and general requirements

Authorisations concerning the transport of other classes of dangerous goods and general requirements are published by the Department for Transport.

Exemptions and exceptions (Regulation 11)

The Secretary of State for Transport may grant an exemption or issue an exception from the requirements and prohibitions arising under Part 2 of CDG09 (pursuant to regulations 11(1) and 11A(1) respectively).

In accordance with regulation 11(3), the exemption or exception is set out in a document called “Carriage of Dangerous Goods: Approved Derogations, Transitional Provisions and Exceptions”.