Most of the trucks we see on the European roads do not transport goods, which could pose any higher-than-average danger to people. However, goods which are potentially hazardous to either the drivers or members of the public or the environment, underlie domestic and international legislation.
Because the level of risk, the goods pose to people and environment, can differ from highly dangerous (i.e. explosives, fuming acids) to everyday products (i.e. paints, pesticides), the cargo is assigned to different classes ranging from 1 to 9. To minimise the risk of an incident during transportation, goods should also be packaged according to various national and international regulations. Since 1 April 2007, the VCA Dangerous Goods Office has been responsible for the certification of dangerous goods packaging within the UK.
Since July 2005 the voluntary codes valid up to than had been replaced by security regulations included in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Those security regulations are based upon the security provisions that have been developed since 2001 and subsequently included in the international agreements relating to the transport of dangerous goods.
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