Placarding of vehicles carrying containers, MEGCs, tank-containers or portable tanks
NOTE: This sub-section does not apply to the placarding of vehicles carrying swap bodies other than
tank swap bodies or than swap bodies carried in combined road/rail transport; for such vehicles, see
If the placards affixed to the containers, MEGCs, tank-containers or portable tanks are not visible
from outside the carrying vehicles, the same placards shall also be affixed to both sides and at the rear
of the vehicle. Otherwise, no placard need be affixed on the carrying vehicle.
Placarding of vehicles for carriage in bulk, tank-vehicles, battery-vehicles, MEMUs and vehicles with demountable tanks
Placards shall be affixed to both sides and at the rear of the vehicle.
When the tank-vehicle or the demountable tank carried on the vehicle has multiple compartments and
carries two or more dangerous goods, the appropriate placards shall be displayed along each side at
the position of the relevant compartments and one placard of each model shown on each side at the
rear of the vehicle. If all compartments have to bear the same placards, these placards need be
displayed only once along each side and at the rear of the vehicle.
Where more than one placard is required for the same compartment, these placards shall be displayed
adjacent to each other.
NOTE: When, in the course of an ADR journey or at the end of an ADR journey, a tank semi-trailer is
separated from its tractor to be loaded on board a ship or an inland navigation vessel, placards shall
also be displayed at the front of the semi-trailer.
MEMUs with tanks and bulk containers shall be placarded in accordance with 22.214.171.124.1 for the
substances contained therein. For tanks with a capacity of less than 1 000 litres placards may be
replaced by labels conforming to 126.96.36.199.
For MEMUs carrying packages containing substances or articles of Class 1 (other than of Division
1.4, Compatibility group S), placards shall be affixed to both sides and at the rear of the MEMU.
Special compartments for explosives shall be placarded in accordance with the provisions of 188.8.131.52.2.
The last sentence of 184.108.40.206.2 does not apply.
Placarding of vehicles carrying packages only
NOTE: This sub-section applies also to vehicles carrying swap bodies loaded with packages, except
for combined road/rail transport; for combined road/rail transport, see 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
For vehicles carrying packages containing substances or articles of Class 1 (other than of Division 1.4,
compatibility group S), placards shall be affixed to both sides and at the rear of the vehicle.
For vehicles carrying radioactive material of Class 7 in packagings or IBCs (other than excepted
packages), placards shall be affixed to both sides and at the rear of the vehicle.
Placarding of empty tank-vehicles, battery-vehicles, MEGCs, MEMUs, tank-containers, portable tanks and empty vehicles and containers for carriage in bulk
Empty tank-vehicles, vehicles with demountable tanks, battery-vehicles, MEGCs,
MEMUs, tank-containers and portable tanks uncleaned and not degassed, and empty vehicles and
containers for carriage in bulk, uncleaned, shall continue to display the placards required for the
Specifications for placards
Except as provided in 22.214.171.124.2 for the Class 7 placard, and in 126.96.36.199 for the environmentally
hazardous substance mark, a placard shall be configured as shown in Figure 188.8.131.52.1.
Placard (except for Class 7)
The placard shall be in the form of a square set at an angle of 45° (diamond-shaped). The minimum
dimensions shall be 250 mm x 250 mm (to the edge of the placard). The line inside the edge shall be
parallel and 12.5 mm from the outside of that line to the edge of the placard. The symbol and line
inside the edge shall correspond in colour to the label for the class or division of the dangerous goods
in question. The class or division symbol/numeral shall be positioned and sized in proportion to those
prescribed in 184.108.40.206 for the corresponding class or division of the dangerous goods in question. The
placard shall display the number of the class or division (and for goods in Class 1, the compatibility
group letter) of the dangerous goods in question in the manner prescribed in 220.127.116.11 for the
corresponding label, in digits not less than 25 mm high. Where dimensions are not specified, all
features shall be in approximate proportion to those shown.
The Class 7 placard shall be not less than 250 mm by 250 mm with a black line running 5 mm inside
the edge and parallel with it and is otherwise as shown below (Model No. 7D). The number "7" shall
not be less than 25 mm high. The background colour of the upper half of the placard shall be yellow
and of the lower half white, the colour of the trefoil and the printing shall be black. The use of the
word "RADIOACTIVE" in the bottom half is optional to allow the use of this placard to display the
appropriate UN number for the consignment.
For tanks with a capacity of not more than 3 m3 and for small containers, placards may be replaced by
labels conforming to 18.104.22.168. If these labels are not visible from outside the carrying vehicle, placards
according to 22.214.171.124.1 shall also be affixed to both sides and at the rear of the vehicle.
For Classes 1 and 7, if the size and construction of the vehicle are such that the available surface area
is insufficient to affix the prescribed placards, their dimensions may be reduced to 100 mm on each