The aim of this course is to produce a Dangerous Goods driver that will have the knowledge, skills and awareness for all essential areas of the units of competency covered in the course undertaken. The Dangerous Goods driver will learn the legislative requirements pertaining to them when transporting "Dangerous Goods" as determined by NZ Transport Agency.
If you're transporting dangerous goods, you usually need to have a Dangerous Goods (D) Endorsement on your driver licence. A lot depends on what you're transporting, how much of it and under what circumstances.
- If you're transporting dangerous goods for hire or reward (e.g. if you're a transport operator or a courier), you will usually need a D Endorsement. There are some exceptions, which are listed in clause 9.2 of Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005 and Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods Amendment 2010. Together these rules contain the current requirements in the Dangerous Goods Rule (the Rule).
- If you're transporting dangerous goods as tools-of-trade and the quantities are under the limits in schedule 1 of the Dangerous Goods Rule, you don't need a D Endorsement.
- If you're transporting dangerous goods as tools-of-trade in quantities that are over the limits in schedule 1, you will need a D Endorsement, except for dangerous goods that are toxic to the aquatic environment and classified as UN3077 or UN3082, environmentally hazardous substances.
- If you're transporting dangerous goods for domestic or recreational purposes, you don't need a D Endorsement.
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
- Identify the scope of the Rule.
- Identify driver and loader responsibilities relating to the transport of dangerous goods.
- Identify and explain documentation requirements relating to the transport of dangerous goods.
- Identify the requirements for packages containing Dangerous Goods in Limited Quantities (DGLQ), consumer commodities, small packages, and accepted packages.
- Demonstrate knowledge of segregation requirements and segregate dangerous goods.
- Demonstrate knowledge of placarding requirements and placard vehicles and freight containers containing dangerous goods.
NZQA Unit Standard
16718 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of law and practice for the transport of dangerous goods by road
You must also hold the appropriate full class of licence that covers the weight of the special-type vehicle you want to drive.
*Pre-requisite for any Endorsement: Current full Class 1 drivers licence.
Attendance Numbers Minimum 6, Maximum of 10 trainees per trainer
Course Duration 1 day
On successful completion of the course, you will receive an NZTA Certificate for the 'D' Endorsement. Please note that this certificate must be taken to a driver licencing agent, e.g. AA, VTNZ, VINZ or On Road NZ within 60 days of issue date to be issued a temporary licence.
If you do not take the certificate to an approved agent within this period you will need to reapply to VHNZ for another certificate, at a cost.