Rules for Transporting Diesel
Plastic Diesel Fuel Transport Tanks
Quick reference for the transport of diesel
by John Carmichael
there any special rules for transporting diesel? No
The transport of dangerous goods is regulated by each State government. However all State legislation now conforms to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th edition, known as ADG7. The ADG7 is closely aligned with international requirements of the United Nations recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods. Is diesel a dangerous good? C1 combustible liquids (such as diesel fuel) are classified as dangerous goods for storage purposes, but not for road and rail transport. Under the code diesel is classed as a dangerous good of Class C1 combustible liquids. The ADG7 clause 18.104.22.168.4 states "C1 Combustible Liquids are not classified as dangerous goods for transport purposes. No placarding is required by this Code on a portable tank or tank vehicle transporting only C1 liquid"
Note this only applies if diesel is the only dangerous good being transported, if other dangerous goods are in the same load, then different rules apply. Note also, that the NSW EPA has been seeking to remove the diesel exemption from the dangerous goods code - more here
The ADG7 Code has
no force by itself, but it is given force in each Australian State and
Territory by laws that incorporate the Code by stating that it applies
as law. The latest ADG7 can be downloaded
free from the National Transport Commission website:
Click the link to see the manufacturer's Statement of Suitability for Diesel Tanks
that you are required under OH&S rules to ensure that the tank is
clearly labelled with its contents. It is recommended that you carry
an appropriate fire
extinguisher when transporting any flammable liquid.
The advice on this page is offered as a guide only. You should seek a suitably qualified consultant if you need legally reliable advice.