- China has made great institutional efforts to ensure safe road transport of dangerous goods.
- The Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods is expected to be published soon and take effect on December 1, 2019.
On the Chemical Regulatory Annual Conference 2019 held in Xi’an, Mr. Wu Jinzhong from the Highway Research Institute under the Ministry of Transport (MOT) clarified China’s institutional endeavors to regulate road transport of dangerous goods and offered his insights into considerations underlying relevant rules.
The aim of China’s legislations and standards in this regard is to strike a balance between safety and facilitation: they are devised to not only ensure safe and well-regulated transport with requirements for technical processes and equipment, but provide facilitation for relevant businesses in the industry with rules regarding transport permits, exemptions, etc.
With such a consideration in mind, China issued the Regulations Concerning Road Transportation of Dangerous Goods (JT/T617-2018 ) by using the EU ADR as a reference last year. Meanwhile, the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods (hereinafter referred to as the Measures, see CL news on its third draft ) is expected to be officially released soon and take effect on December 1 this year, according to Mr. Wu. The two documents together will constitute an overarching regulatory tool for road transport of dangerous goods in the country.