Dangerous goods are substances and articles that are deemed to pose an acute risk to people, property and the environment. You need to have a dangerous goods vehicle licence if you want to transport these goods:
- in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres, or
- if there is more than 500 kilograms in a single receptacle.
A single licence is issued for each transport organisation, and details of all relevant vehicles are included on the licence, for example trailer, rigid vehicle, B-double trailer or road-train trailer. Prime movers are not licensed and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) with a total capacity of up to 3000 litres are exempt, as long as they are not filled or emptied while on the vehicle.
The licence is valid for 1 year and is recognised throughout Australia.
- To apply for a Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence, you must be an individual, company, body corporate or public authority.
- Partnership name, joint venture name, trust or trading name is not admissible.
What you need
For all vehicles, you'll need to provide the:
- registration number
- registration state
- VIN/Chassis Number
- class(es) of dangerous goods to be transported
- copy of the registration certificate
- evidence of insurance cover or other form of indemnity for not less than $5 million
- rear 3/4 image showing the number plate and vehicle type.
In addition, for tank vehicles you'll need the:
- design approval number and tank serial number
- photograph of compliance plate showing the valid design approval number and the tank serial number
- date of last hydraulic or hydrostatic test (if applicable).
And for tank trailers you'll need the:
- stability control details (if applicable).
How to apply
- Complete the Application for Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence – PDF
- Pay the fee (as detailed on the form).
- Gather the required documentation together with the photographs, and mail to:
Chemicals and Radiation Licensing Unit – Level 21
NSW Environment Protection Authority
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232
- The vehicle transporting dangerous goods must be covered by a Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence, and the driver of that vehicle must hold a Dangerous Goods Driver Licence.
- The EPA will issue your licence within 20 working days of receiving the complete application.
- Tanks for most liquids must be hydraulically tested every 5 years, and the EPA won't issue a licence unless they are satisfied that this testing has been done.
- All tank trailers manufactured from 1 July 2014 must be fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). All tank trailers (new and old) will require ESC from 1 January 2019.