Security of dangerous goods in transport

The Department for Transport (DfT) is responsible for the security of transporting dangerous goods (including radioactive material) across all modes. However in light of the extensive measures that are already in place for aviation and maritime, the focus of these web pages is on road and rail transport.

What’s new

Latest developments on the regime for the security of dangerous goods by road and rail.

  • May 2011
    The DfT has produced a generic list of personnel resources (ie. not specific to dangerous goods). They are designed to help industry manage the risk that staff or contractors might exploit their legitimate access to an organisation’s assets for unauthorised purposes.
  • December 2010
    The newly revised training guidance which is offered by the DfT to help those organisations working in the dangerous goods industry meet their obligations for training as set out in RID (for the transport of dangerous goods by rail) and ADR (for the transport of dangerous goods by road) has been published. This should be considered when looking at designing or delivering any new training for personnel involved in the carriage of dangerous goods.

Development of new security measures

In response to the events of 11 September 2001, the United Nations agreed proposals to enhance the security of transporting dangerous goods. These proposals have been taken forward by the international bodies responsible for the international carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail - with some small changes that were relevant to their particular modes of transport.

The European Commission has adopted the new road and rail security measures. The requirements are split into two levels: a general level applicable to the carriage of all dangerous goods and a higher level for the carriage of high consequence dangerous goods. These are defined as those which have the potential for misuse in a terrorist incident and which may, as a result, produce serious consequences such as mass casualties or mass destruction.

The measures for road and rail are currently in place through the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG Regulations) and are supported by a comprehensive set of guidance.

The movement of all civil nuclear material, as defined by the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (NISR), is not covered by this guidance, and the CDG Regulations. The transport of such material is regulated by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) in accordance with the NISR.

Development of the regime for the security of dangerous goods by road and rail

The department is responsible for ensuring that the existing regime for the security of dangerous goods by road and rail is appropriate.

The department is currently drawing on information from the informal consultation with stakeholders, including other government departments, the police and industry organisations which had been subject to a dangerous goods security inspection. The department will ensure that, where appropriate, the regime draws on: