Background: ADR is an Agreement drawn up by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe , whereby most States in Europe have agreed common rules for the movement of dangerous goods by road. The abbreviated name “ADR” comes from key words in the French title.
It is a legal requirement for all drivers transporting any type of hazardous substance in the European Community (including roads within UK ) to undergo ADR training and hold a valid ADR licence.
In the Road Haulage Industry most employers will require their drivers to hold an ADR licence due to the diversity of loads being transported around the road network. A driver with an ADR licence is a valuable asset to a company allowing more flexibility in the collection or delivery of loads, often at short notice.
ADR courses are typically held over a five day period from Monday to Friday. The majority of the training is classroom based.
Your training will prepare you to carryout a variety of tasks in the safest possible way. Some key skills you will learn are:
- Identify International Warning Symbols
- Knowledge of Transport Documentation
- Vehicle Safety Equipment
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Accident Procedures
The practical training will include a fire fighting exercise and basic first aid training.
Examinations: At the end of your training course you will receive a total of ten exams. The exams are broken down as follows:
- Core module
- All Classes (Less explosives & radioactive)
Please note the Department of Transport ADR Licence issued by the DVLA is only valid for five years. After this period of time you will need to attend a refresher course designed to update your knowledge on ADR matters and re-sit exams at the end of the course.