Turkey: European Standards for transportation of dangerous goods to come into effect as of 2013
Tankers which do not comply with ADR and drivers who do not hold an ADR certificate will not be allowed to transport dangerous goods in accordance with the “Regulation on Carriage of Dangerous Goods” as part of the European Union (EU) harmonization process.
Today Turkey has a total highway length of 2,080 km including that of the 295 linking roads. In addition, state highways correspond to a distance of 8,758 km and country roads to 1,439 km.
The overall total length of the highway network in Turkey is 12,277 km long.
Road transportation in Turkey is regulated by the “road transport law” number 4925 which was adopted on July 10th 2003.
The law stipulates that vehicles and their drivers engaging in transport of dangerous goodsshould receive information and obtain relevant documents depending on the type of the dangerous good they bwill transport.
However, rules on transport of such goods should be determined on a more specific basis within the framework of harmonization with the European Union acquis.
Accordingly the regulation on transport of dangerous goods by froad was first published on the official gazette issue 26479 on March 31 , 2007. The objective of this regulation is to ensure that dangerous goods are transported through public highways regularly without harming human health, other living organisms or the environment.
It sets out responsibilities, obligations and operational conditions for dispatchers, recipients, loaders, unloaders, packagers, transporters and all operators as well as drivers engaged in transport of dangerous goods.
compiled by editor, BTT
WHAT IS ADR?
ADR (European Agreement concerning the Int’l Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) is a European agreement regulating transport of dangerous goods on international roads. It is aimed at determining common standards for transport of dangerous goods between countries. The agreement entered into force on int’l scale on April 19th 1985