South African Legislation

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations as set out in the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 are intended to promote the safe transportation of hazardous material through the effective management of systems and processes.

With tons of dangerous goods being transported throughout South Africa and across the African continent every year, it is important to ensure the safety of this travel. Dangerous Goods can include everything from explosives, flammables, and corrosive or toxic chemicals to spent reactor fuel, low-level radioactive wastes, and disease-causing biological agents. If not controlled properly, these hazardous substances could present a potential hazard to human health and safety as well as that of the surrounding environment.

The National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996

The National Road Traffic Act was implemented in August 2000. This legislation included provisions for the road transport of Dangerous Goods as listed in SANS10228 and the relevant regulations were enforced from 3 August 2001. Since then, the legislation has been updated to reflect new changes in regulations.

Who does this affect? Dangerous Goods Regulations require all individuals, companies or entities involved in the handling, warehousing, and transporting of dangerous goods to receive training and abide by the South African Codes of Practice outlined in the Act and relevant standards.

Failure to meet the dangerous goods requirements as legislated by the National Road Traffic Act of South Africa and its amendments could result in heavy fines and penalties, putting your business at risk and could cost you your reputation. Violations include: incorrect or missing dangerous goods declaration, failure to meet trem card regulations, no designated space for documents, no danger warning diamond displayed, operator not registered as a dangerous goods carrier – the list goes on.

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Examples of Dangerous Goods Hazard Classes