New regulations have been brought into force which are bound to present challenges for both the industry and the regulators requiring intuitive solutions to the issues surrounding moving dangerous substances from A to B. The new regulations will provide closer links with United Nations model conditions which are adopted broadly throughout the EU and prevalent across the world, providing opportunities for international transportation from the UK.
The regulation of the carriage of dangerous goods has undergone important changes and the responsibilities of consignor, carrier and owner set out in previous versions of the regulations have been largely swept away. This means that the Regulator is free to investigate any incident involving dangerous goods and prosecute the person who caused the breach, as well as those responsible for that act or omission rather than being confined to the formula laid down in the detailed provisions of the old regulations. This broad approach is a significant change from the traditional way Health and Safety law is written.