ADR fines: when the transport of dangerous goods does not comply with regulations.

ADR fines are a crucial aspect in the context of the transport of dangerous goods on the road, as they are aimed at ensuring safety, regulatory compliance and accountability of all actors involved in this sector. 

In this article, we will explore the main violations in the context of the transport of dangerous goods and the related ADR sanctions for non-compliance.


Classification of ADR breaches


The main ADR violations detected by the traffic police concern:

  • The lack of ADR equipment or that it is not functioning
    When transporting dangerous goods, in addition to the documentation, it is necessary for the transporter to have the appropriate equipment, which varies according to the hazard classes he is transporting. 
    Each transport unit, according to ADR regulations, must be equipped with general and personal protective equipment, such as eye wash liquids and mask filters, which must be properly functioning
    The ADR equipment must be subject to periodic checks to ensure that it is available and still meets the regulatory requirements, should the need arise.
  • The expired ADR licence
    The driver is required to be in possession of a valid ADR Professional Training Certificate (the 'ADR licence'), conforming to the model prescribed by the regulations in force, and specific to the hazard class of the goods he is transporting. 
    The licence is valid for five years and must be renewed in due time.
  • Worn or missing vehicle warning signs
    Every vehicle used for the transport of dangerous goods must be adequately signposted with plates indicating the hazard classes of the substances being transported and orange retro-reflective panels. These devices are essential to clearly inform both road operators and emergency rescue personnel of the nature and degree of danger of the goods on board. The plates must be visible and easily readable from a suitable distance so that drivers and road operators can take the necessary precautions when interacting with the vehicle.
  • The written instructions in accordance with the ADR Regulation in force
    These instructions must be clear, detailed and in accordance with the provisions set out in the ADR Regulation in order to provide precise indications on how to deal with emergency situations or technical problems related to the goods transported.
    Each member of the crew must be aware of the existence of these instructions and must be able to fully understand their content.


What happens if you don't comply?


Anyone transporting dangerous goods by road is required to comply with strict rules and regulations to ensure safety and compliance during transport. 

ADR fines, laid down in the articles of the Road Traffic Act, are commensurate with the severity of the infringement and range from a minimum of € 85.00 to a maximum of € 3,394.00

Breaches in the context of ADR regulations include several categories. 

In the case of non-compliance with the equipment of the vehicle, there are fines, a deduction of 10 points from the licence and suspension of the licence for a period of two to six months. 

Failure of the crew to carry personal equipment, transport documents and written instructions may result in a fine and the deduction of 2 points from the driving licence.

Infringement of the requirements on the technical suitability of vehicles and labelling of goods can result in a fine, a 10-point deduction from the driving licence and possible suspension of the driving licence, as well as the vehicle registration certificate, for a period of two to six months. 

Finally, the absence or irregularity of markings, unsuitable packaging or incorrect securing of cargo can lead to fines ranging from €163.00 to €652.00. 

Scrupulous compliance is therefore essential to avoid such ADR fines and ensure safety during the transport of dangerous goods.


Why rely on professionals for ADR transport


Relying on professionals for the transport of dangerous goods by road is important to ensure safety, regulatory compliance and peace of mind during the entire logistics process. 

Professionals like Corsini have specialised knowledge and expertise regarding ADR regulations, including provisions on vehicle equipment, emergency management, and the proper handling of dangerous goods. 


Contact us for information on our ADR transport service and stay up-to-date on ADR fines by consulting our blog.