There are a number of exemptions and relaxations to the dangerous goods and related driving and chemical rules at the present time (list updated 21-04-2020) but they are spread around a few different web pages so here’s a consolidated list.
ADR driver training licences: extended until 30th November if they were due to expire between 1st March and 1st November 2020, via multilateral agreement M324 also countersigned by other countries listed here.
Drivers’ hours relaxation: further details here.
Driver CPC: drivers can continue driving if their driver CPC card expired/expires between 1st March and 30th September 2020. The expired card must be carried. The rules will have to be complied with again from 1st October 2020. In addition, military drivers (including reservists) can drive in civilian situations without fulfilling the driver CPC requirements under this exemption. Full details here. Applicable only in England, Scotland and Wales. We can’t currently find any information about the situation in N. Ireland and the DVA is not able to answer phone calls but can now accept emails of enquiry: info here.
Essential drivers and logistics staff: letter to FTA and RHA with regards to “essential travel” available here.
DGSA certificates: similarly extended as per multilateral agreement M324 to 30th November 2020.
ADR vehicle test: certificate extensions for tank vehicles and MEMUs are available to run concurrently with the HGV MOT exemption, via authorisation 945: valid in the UK only as we haven’t signed a multilateral agreement for this, although there is a multilateral agreement, M325 which has been signed by a number of countries here.
Newly qualified ADR drivers: normally can’t carry dangerous goods until their ADR licence comes through, but an authorisation has been issued to allow this to happen so long as they have passed the exam. The authorisation is not available publicly but is distributed by SQA to relevant persons.
ADR pressure receptacles: for the carriage of gases such as Carbon dioxide and Oxygen may continue to be used if their periodic inspections and tests have expired via multilateral agreement M326 until the 31st August 2020. Note multilateral agreements are valid for road transport only under the terms of ADR. Participating countries to this agreement can be found here .
Petroleum driver passport scheme: rules relaxed to allow PDP cards that would have expired between 1st March and 1st November to remain valid until 30th November 2020, further details here.
Wastes: similarly infected waste should be classified as Class 6.2, category B under UN 3291, as advised by the DfT and WHO. For wastes generated in non-healthcare settings, an advisory time period of 72 hours is suggested, after which if the waste is double-bagged and the guidance followed, it can be put in general waste, rather than have to be collected as clinical waste.
Waste regulatory position statements: regulatory position statements have been released for waste sites, including those who may exceed their permitted tonnage for storage, available here.
Air dangerous goods training certificates: the CAA have issued an exemption which extends the validity of certificates that were due to expire and are therefore due recurrent dangerous goods training, until 22nd November 2020, the full text can be viewed here.
Hand sanitiser: the HSE have announced relaxations to the Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) and revised enforcement stance for other aspects, available here. According to recent guidance published by the EU, hand gels and sanitisers marketed with a virucidal purpose are covered by the BPR and not cosmetic product regulations.
Some of the links provided and information above is changing very rapidly so we suggest that if you intend to rely on any of these relaxations, you check the most up to date guidance and where applicable, ensure you carry a copy of the exemption with you.
If we’ve missed anything off, please let us know!