The ADR 1000-point rule

The 1000-point rule is an important aspect of the ADR regulations (Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route), which govern the international transportation of dangerous goods by road. This rule is applied to determine whether a vehicle carrying hazardous goods is classified as a "large quantity transporter" and therefore subject to stricter safety requirements.


Here's a simplified explanation of the 1000-point rule:


Point Allocation: Each class of hazardous goods is assigned specific point values according to the ADR regulations. These point values reflect the relative risk associated with transporting each class of hazardous goods.


Calculation: For each hazardous goods transport, the quantity of each class of hazardous goods is multiplied by its respective point value. The resulting products are then added together to determine the total point score for the load.


1000-Point Threshold: If the total point score of the load exceeds 1000 points, the vehicle is classified as a large quantity transporter. This means that additional safety measures and regulations must be followed, such as special marking of the vehicle, vehicle and driver equipment, as well as stricter operating procedures.


Purpose of the Rule: The aim of this rule is to make the transport of dangerous goods safer by identifying vehicles with higher risk and implementing appropriate safety measures.