I understand the volume limits for carriage of DG (JET-A1) on UK roads to be 1000L without further DG training required by the driver.
As a result:
- Does anyone know any different to this ? I think I'm aware of 2000L trailer bowsers, but want to avoid the expense of extra training for driver
- Does anyone know of a second hand trailer bowser for sale / lease (preferably 1000L unless further information from point 1 above) in the Border region of England / Scotland?
- Any specific requirements for the trailer: i.e. double axel (sensible, but is it a requirement); braked trailer (again, sensible, but is it a requirement); placcards (soemthing I read says this is only applicable above a certain volume - not totally sure); etc?
I am not a total novice but trying to make my way through the legal requirements of transporting fuel for off-site refuelling.
Your help / advice / thoughts / insults greatly appreciated.
The driver of a vehicle carrying dangerous goods (other than explosives and radioactive material) in packages, which has a maximum permissible weight of 3.5 tonnes or less, currently does not need to have undertaken approved training and hold a VTC even if the load is over the Transport Category threshold. However, he/she will at the least need to have undertaken general training as per Regulation 9. From 1 January 2007, the VTC requirement will be extended to include drivers of vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or less. Note that the VTC is already (and will continue to be) required for drivers carrying loads of explosives over the Transport Category threshold regardless of the weight of the vehicle. Again, for loads under this amount it is still a requirement that the driver (and anyone else involved with the transport operation) received some kind of suitable training.
Anyone with a drivers licence issued before 1997 does not need to do further trailer training with a driving instructor. Licences issued after 1997, are authorised to tow trailers upto and including 750KGS, anything greater requires training with an approved instructor.
With regards to the Carriage of Dangerous Good by Road, even a 1000LTR bowser requires someone in the vehicle (doesn't have to be the driver) to hold a valid Dangerous Good Licence for Flammable Liquids (class 3). I would suggest you don't drive without one, I have been stopped a few times and been questioned about the fuel bowser and its contents.
WE'VE GOT A BOWSER THAT HAS BEEN WELL KEPT IN THE HANGAR FOR QUITE SOME TIME THAT HAS NOT BEEN USED. I'LL HAVE A WORD WITH THE BOSS AS I'M SURE SHE WANT'S TO RENT / SELL IT. GOING TO HAVE A LOOK AT IT NOW, AS I'M SURE IT'S A DOUBLE AXLE 2000L BUT I'LL GET BACK TO YOU.
What about your vehicle insurance? I would be interested to know how you get on. I found it impossible to get insurance because of the environmental risks. Don't think for one moment that declaring you are 'towing a trailer' will be enough.
There is a possibility that you may have to be involved with the 'The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations 2004' and under these regs will be reqiured to have an appointed 'Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor'
Suggest you do a 'google' and contact one for advice
Flaxton, my chap has sold both of his on, sorry, If you do buy one get the twin axle type, they are far easier to pull and dont impose any overweight on your tow bar, in any case the smallest vehicle to use would be a L/R Disco with Air sus and HDuty tow hitch, thats what I used and the weight of the LR is not affected by any surge when stopping.
He might be a good doctor but he had very strange ideas about running an Air Ambulance! He might give you the bowser as long as he can replace you with a Finnish pilot who won't talk to the Paramedics. Happy Days.