USE OF VACUUM OPERATED WASTE TANKS
NOTE: For portable tanks and UN multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs), see Chapter 4.2; for fixed
tanks (tank-vehicles), demountable tanks, tank-containers and tank swap bodies, with shells made of
metallic materials, and battery-vehicles and multiple elements gas containers (MEGCs) other than
UN MEGCs, see Chapter 4.3; for fibre reinforced plastics tanks, see Chapter 4.4.
Wastes consisting of substances in Classes 3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 8 and 9 may be carried in vacuumoperated
waste tanks conforming to Chapter 6.10 if their carriage in fixed tanks, demountable tanks,
tank-containers or tank swap bodies is permitted according to Chapter 4.3. Wastes consisting of
substances assigned to tank code L4BH in Column (12) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 or to another tank
code permitted under the hierarchy in 188.8.131.52.2 may be carried in vacuum operated waste tanks with
the letter "A" or "B" in part 3 of the tank code, as indicated in No. 9.5 of the vehicle approval
certificate conforming to 184.108.40.206.
Non waste substances may be carried in vacuum-operated waste tanks under the same conditions as
mentioned under 220.127.116.11.
The provisions of Chapter 4.3 except those of 18.104.22.168.4 and 22.214.171.124.3 apply to the carriage in vacuum
operated waste tanks and are supplemented by the provisions of 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 below.
For carriage of liquids meeting the flash point criteria of Class 3, vacuum-operated waste tanks shall
be filled through filling devices which discharge into the tank at a low level. Measures shall be taken
to minimize the production of spray.
When discharging flammable liquids with a flash-point below 23 °C by using air pressure, the
maximum allowed pressure is 100 kPa (1 bar).
The use of tanks fitted with an internal piston operating as a compartment wall is allowed only when
the substances on either side of the wall (piston) do not react dangerously with each other (see
When a vacuum pump/exhauster unit which may provide a source of ignition is used to fill or
discharge flammable liquids, precautions shall be taken to avoid ignition of the substance or to avoid
the propagation of the effects of the ignition outside the tank itself.
USE OF MOBILE EXPLOSIVES MANUFACTURING UNITS (MEMUs)
NOTE 1: For packagings, see Chapter 4.1; for portable tanks, see Chapter 4.2; for fixed tanks (tank vehicles),
demountable tanks, tank-containers and tank swap bodies with shells made of metallic materials, see
Chapter 4.3; for fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) tanks, see Chapter 4.4; for vacuum operated waste
tanks, see Chapter 4.5.
NOTE 2: For requirements concerning construction, equipment, type approval, tests and marking, see
Chapters 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11 and 6.12.
Substances of Classes 3, 5.1, 6.1 and 8 may be carried on MEMUs conforming to Chapter 6.12, in
portable tanks if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.2; or in fixed tanks, demountable
tanks, tank containers or tank swap bodies if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.3; or in
fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) tanks if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.4; or in bulk
containers, if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 7.3.