31 October 2014

Changes to the ADR as of 1/1/2015

The guidelines and regulations regarding the transportation of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways have changed again. As scheduled, new versions of the ARD, RID and ADN regulations will come into force on January 1, 2015.

The ARD rules regarding the transportation of used and damaged lithium-ion batteries – a service provided by CCR across Europe – have been revised. Due to the dangerous nature of lithium-ion batteries they are considered dangerous goods and are accordingly subject to strict regulations regarding packaging and transportation.

CCR has extensive experience handling other dangerous goods and has thorough knowledge of the ADR regulations. For example, lead batteries, oil and fuel filters, spray cans, contaminated fuel, old paints and varnishes as well as airbags are all considered dangerous goods and are transported and disposed of by CCR in accordance with the applicable regulations in the scope of its garage waste disposal services.

CCR already offers transportation services for lithium-ion batteries of all types and sizes: Whether used or defective (critical or uncritical), CCR has an uncomplicated process and will rapidly pick up batteries directly from your location for disposal.

Further changes to the ADR as of 1/1/2015 include:

  • Twenty new UN numbers, primarily for absorbed gases.
  • The sizes of danger label models and other signs will be precisely proscribed; there will be a transition period until 12/31/2016.
  • The written instructions will be amended slightly and will therefore change on 06/30/2017.
  • A specific UN number (3509) will be introduced for uncleaned empty packaging.
  • Asymmetric condensers such as LIC (lithium-ion condensers) will be categorized as dangerous goods.
  • The new regulations include new formulas for the calculation of the maximum permissible fill level for tanks containing environmentally hazardous substances and substances that pose a subsidiary environmental risk.
  • The exemption regulations for the transportation of light sources that contain hazardous substances have been standardized.
  • The special regulations for loose bulk transportation have been completely revised.
  • In the future the transportation of type A radioactive packages may be carried out without ADR training certification up to certain limits (10 packages, maximum transport index 3).
  • Environmentally hazardous substances of classes UN 3077 and 3082 are fully exempted from the ADR, with the exception of general packaging regulations, if they are held in containers with a maximum content of five liters or kilograms.


The full text of the new law is available in the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) dated October 13, 2014. Its implementation is subject to a transitional period of six months, so changes must be applied by July 1, 2015 at the latest.

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