ADR Test

Any vehicles used to transport dangerous goods will need to be inspected annually and this must arranged this through an inspection body with is approved by the Department for Transport who will need to inspect fixed tanks, demountable tanks, vehicles carrying batteries of receptacles and tank containers.

This is informally known as the ‘ADR Test’ and ensures that your vehicle complies with Part 9 of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

Your vehicle must pass an ADR test if it’s a commercial vehicle or trailer used to carry explosives, or if it’s used in the UK or abroad:

  • to carry dangerous goods in a fixed tank, demountable tank or fixed battery of pressure vessels of over 1,000 litres capacity
  • for carrying dangerous goods in a container or portable tank or battery of pressure vessels of over 3,000 litres capacity

The test varies depending on the type of goods you want to carry.

If your tank meets the regulations for design, construction, and equipment standards then you will get your certification.

You can complete the application form here and this form must be sent off at least 10 days before you want to take the test. Send this to either the address on the form or the details below:
Fax: 01792 454367


DVSA service Fee
Initial inspection £116
Re-inspection within 14 days £63
Duplicate certificate £14
New type approved artic tractor certificate £28

Duplicate ADR Certificate

If you’ve lost your current ADR certificate then you can apply for a duplicate as long as your certificate is current and not expired.

Contact the DVLA on either or DVSA, ADR Section, Ellipse, Padley Road, Swansea, SA1 8AN with the following details:

  • vehicle/trailer ID
  • operator name and address
  • reason for request (eg you’ve lost the certificate or there’s been a change of owner/operator)
  • payment details