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LTA Chief: Get Permits for Loading, Carrying Hazardous Content

LTA Chief: Get Permits for Loading, Carrying Hazardous Content
LTA requires a range of dangerous goods signs to accompany the transport of any dangerous goods. These are examples. Photo: LTA
May 17
12:03 2017

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is urging truck drivers transporting dangerous or hazardous loads to comply with LTA regulations.

Hazardous or dangerous goods are materials that are toxic and/or potential fire hazards such as gas, chemicals, explosives, and other flammable liquids and solids.

LTA chief executive officer Carmine Piantedosi said: “All truck drivers carrying hazardous materials must possess an LTA permit that authorises them to transport such materials. All dangerous goods must be properly stored, loaded and secured.

“Drivers must be medically fit and hold either a Class 6 licence to drive a five tonne vehicle, or a Class 7 license to drive a vehicle exceeding 10 tonnes. The truck owners must ensure compliance with these mandatory requirements.”

Truck drivers carrying dangerous goods must be equipped with safety gear such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits and protective personal equipment.

Emergency information must be clearly displayed and there must be proper and visible labelling showing the class of goods being transported.

LTA conducts training for drivers needing the Hazardous Materials Driver’s Permit, which is valid for five years. Drivers must then attend a refresher course to renew the permit.

“These stringent measures are in place to minimise the likelihood of injury to the driver, other road users, and prevent repercussions for the environment. When it comes to safety, there is no compromise,” Mr Piantedosi concluded.

Source: Land Transport Authority

 

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