Amendment to The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Northern Ireland)
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 will come into operation on 18 June 2019. The new regulations, when in effect, will amend the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010. In Northern Ireland, the regulations will transpose, in part, the radiological emergency preparedness and response requirements contained in the Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/Euratom) in relation to the transport of radioactive materials by road, rail and inland waterway.
This will affect consignors, carriers and consignees carrying out the transport radiological material in Northern Ireland. From 18 June 2019, they will have a duty to comply with a range of obligations, including having and maintaining an emergency plan.
It is matter of public safety to comply with the regulations which are designed to improve public protection from the adverse impacts of an emergency scenario by ensuring that stakeholders are adequately prepared and are equipped to respond appropriately in the event of an emergency. It is an offence for a person transporting radiological materials in Northern Ireland to contravene the regulations.
If you would like to know more about your obligations under the new regulations please do not hesitate to contact Micaela Diver or the Environment & Planning Belfast team.
Date published: 14 June 2019