There’s a lot to love about working as an ADR lorry driver. However, before you can do so, you will need to complete the application process for ADR lorry drivers – as we have outlined today. Don’t leave this to chance; to ensure you’re making the right steps for your driving goals, we’d highly recommend keeping the following steps in mind.
What is ADR Training?
ADR is the European agreement for the international carriage of dangerous goods. It gets it’s name from the name of the agreement. Which is in French.
“Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route”
Why Become an ADR driver?
Lorry drivers already earn a lot due to the national shortage of drivers. However, drivers able to transport dangerous goods are scarce. Hence this increases your earning potential.
By carrying out the ADR course you can, firstly, increase your earning and secondly can drive more vehicles e..g. oil tankers etc.
What can I carry with an ADR Licence?
This depends on the modules you choose to take. The training for this is split into two.
Core classes - which everyone does
Specliaist classes – Explosives and radioactive substances
This will enable you to be able to carry flammable liquids, toxic and harmful substances, gasses and corrosive agents.
The specialist classes
The specialist ones depend on the modules you take on.
The cost is between £450-£700 depending on if you choose to take on specialist modules.
What is involved in ADR training?
Before you can go any further with your application, you will next need to complete an ADR lorry training course. For these courses, you will need to provide a valid form of personal ID. You should also have plenty of time spare since the course can run for up to seven days.
During the ADR training course, you will learn how to handle and transport different substances, including flammable liquids, oxidising substances, and the like.
At the end of your course, you’ll then complete an examination to check you’re suitably knowledgeable to handle an ADR lorry.
The course is split into 3 parts:
Core: Basic syllabus for carrying any class of dangerous goods in Road tankers, tank containers, packages, drums, cylinders and loose in bulk
Tanks: For carrying any class of dangerous goods, in road tankers or other tanker containers
Packages & Loose in Bulk: For carrying any class of dangerous goods in (sacks, drums, cylinders, cartons) and loose in bulk (skips, tipper or dust cart bodies etc)
The course has 9 modules in total. Module 1 and 7 being specialist add ons as above.
Class 1: Explosives – Specialist module Class 2: Gases; compressed, liquefied, dissolved under pressure or refrigerated Class 3: Flammable liquids Class 4: Flammable solids, substances liable to spontaneous combustion Class 5: Oxidising substances and organic peroxides Class 6: Toxic, harmful and infectious substances Class 7: Radioactive – Specialist module Class 8: Corrosives – Acids and Alkalis Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles, e.g. asbestos, PCBs and any substance or article not covered by the other classes
How long does ADR training take?
The training is 21 hours for the basic training Or 28 hours if you do it with the tankers too. You then have an test to take.
Receiving your ADR Card
Once you have passed your ADR training course and examinations, you should receive an ADR driver card. This card will detail the types of goods you can transport and how long the card remains active for 5 years.
Most cards arrive within 28 working days, but if you haven’t received yours, you must not start moving ADR lorries until it arrives.
Your refresher course must be taken 6-8 weeks prior to expiry of your ceritifcate.
For full information visit the Dangerous Goods Driver Training Website.
Becoming a qualified ADR lorry driver shouldn’t be a major challenge, but it’s worth considering that you’ll need to complete several steps as part of this goal. Fortunately, today’s guide has summarized some of the key things you need to know about becoming an ADR lorry driver; hopefully, this will help inform your decision. You must be a lorry driver to do this course. i.e. have a class 1 or class 2 licence.
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