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Transport emergency cards

Transport emergency cards must be carried in the cab of any vehicle carrying dangerous goods in quantities exceeding the exempt quantities. The purpose is to instruct the driver in the event of an incident. They may also assist emergency response workers, as they carry information which is specific to the particular goods being carried. There must be a card for each dangerous goods item in the load.

The consignor must either supply the card/s or give enough information for the operator to obtain the correct card/s. However, this does not absolve the carrier from a legal obligation to ensure that cards are in fact appropriate to the load. It is vital that the driver read and understand the card for any product before loading it.

TREMcards of CEFIC> origin are now obsolete and transport emergency cards must be compiled using prescribed phrases listed in SANS 10232-4>.

In Europe, the ADR regulations governing transport of goods by road have long called for certain “information in writing” to be carried in the cab but, unlike in South Africa, have never prescribed that they be of CEFIC origin. The CEFIC Tremcards were produced to enable companies to meet the requirement. However, in 2009 significant changes in ADR regulations simplified the requirements by prescribing one set of instructions covering all dangerous goods. Because of the unified set of instructions, the consignor's responsibility of supplying the correct documents fell away and is now the sole responsibility of the carrier.