In the context of 1.4.1, where appropriate, the carrier shall in particular:

(a)    Ascertain that the dangerous goods to be carried are authorized for carriage in accordance with ADR;
(b)    Ascertain that all information prescribed in ADR related to the dangerous goods to be carried has been provided by the consignor before carriage, that the prescribed documentation is on board the transport unit or if electronic data processing (EDP) or if electronic data interchange (EDI) techniques are used instead of paper documentation, that data is available during transport in a manner at least equivalent to that of paper documentation;
(c)    Ascertain visually that the vehicles and loads have no obvious defects, leakages or cracks, missing equipment, etc.;
(d)    Ascertain that the deadline for the next test for tank-vehicles, battery-vehicles, demountable tanks, portable tanks, tank-containers and MEGCs has not expired;
NOTE: Tanks, battery-vehicles and MEGCs may however be carried after the expiry of this deadline under the conditions of (in the case of battery-vehicles and MEGCs containing pressure receptacles as elements),,,,,
(e)    verify that the vehicles are not overloaded;
(f)    ascertain that the placards, marks and orange-coloured plates prescribed for the vehicles in Chapter 5.3 have been affixed;
(g)    ascertain that the equipment prescribed in ADR for the transport unit, vehicle crew and certain classes is on board the transport unit.

Where appropriate, this shall be done on the basis of the transport documents and accompanying documents, by a visual inspection of the vehicle or the containers and, where appropriate, the load.    The carrier may, however, in the case of (a), (b), (e) and (f), rely on information and data made available to him by other participants. In the case of (c) he may rely on what  is certified in the "container/vehicle packing certificate" provided in accordance with 5.4.2.

If the carrier observes an infringement of the requirements of ADR, in accordance with, he shall not forward the consignment until the matter has been rectified.

If, during the journey, an infringement which could jeopardize the safety of the operation is observed, the consignment shall be halted as soon as possible bearing in mind the requirements of traffic safety, of the safe immobilisation of the consignment, and of public safety. The transport operation may only be continued once the consignment complies with applicable regulations. The competent  authority(ies) concerned by the rest of the journey may grant an authorization to pursue the transport operation.

In case the required compliance cannot be achieved and no authorization is granted for the rest of the journey, the competent authority(ies) shall provide the carrier with the necessary administrative assistance. The same shall apply in case the carrier informs this/these competent authority(ies) that the dangerous nature of the goods carried was not communicated to him by the consignor and that he wishes, by virtue of the law applicable in particular to the contract of carriage, to unload, destroy or render the goods harmless.


The carrier shall provide the vehicle crew with the instructions in writing as prescribed in ADR.


The consignee has the obligation not to defer acceptance of the goods without compelling reasons and to verify, after unloading, that the requirements of ADR concerning him have been complied with.

If, in the case of a container, this verification brings to light an infringement of the requirements of ADR, the consignee shall return the container to the carrier only after the infringement has been remedied.

If the consignee makes use of the services of other participants (unloader, cleaner, decontamination facility, etc.) he shall take appropriate measures to ensure that the requirements of and of ADR have been complied with.

Obligations of the other participants

A non-exhaustive list of the other participants and their respective obligations is given below. The obligations of the other participants flow from section 1.4.1 above insofar as they know or should  have known that their duties are performed as part of a transport operation subject to ADR.


In the context of 1.4.1, the loader has the following obligations in particular:

(a)    He shall hand the dangerous goods over to the carrier only if they are authorized for carriage in accordance with ADR;
(b)    He shall, when handing over for carriage packed dangerous goods or uncleaned empty packagings, check whether the packaging is damaged. He shall not hand over a package the packaging of which is damaged, especially if it is not leakproof, and there are leakages or the possibility of leakages of the dangerous substance, until the damage has been repaired; this obligation also applies to empty uncleaned packagings;
(c)    He shall comply with the special requirements concerning loading and handling;
(d)    He shall, after loading dangerous goods into a container comply with the requirements concerning placarding, marking and orange-coloured plates conforming to Chapter 5.3;
(e)    He shall, when loading packages, comply with the prohibitions on mixed loading taking into account dangerous goods already in the vehicle or large container and requirements concerning the separation of foodstuffs, other articles of consumption or animal feedstuffs.

The loader may, however, in the case of (a), (d) and (e), rely on information and data made available to him by other participants.

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