Restrictions on ADR lorries in the Basque Country (2022)

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Restrictions on ADR lorries in the Basque Country (2022)

According to the resolution of 3 February 2021, of the Traffic Directorate of the Department of Security, which establishes special traffic regulation measures during the year 2021 in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Article 18 of the revised text of the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety gives the traffic authority the power to adopt special traffic regulation measures when safety, traffic flow or environmental reasons make it advisable.

In the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (ACBC), the purpose of this resolution is to establish special traffic regulation measures for certain vehicles or groups of vehicles on those dates when road safety, mobility and traffic flow may be affected. These dates have been chosen in accordance with various factors such as the calendar of festivities in the ACBC, weekends, periods coinciding with the start or end of seasonal holidays, bank holidays or other circumstances which may affect traffic conditions. Specifically, the restrictions on lorries transporting hazardous materials are as follows:

1. – Vehicles which must carry the orange danger signs required by the European Agreement on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) are prohibited from driving on all public roads in the ACBC, in all directions, on the days and at the times listed below: – On Sundays and public holidays (throughout the ACBC) from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, and – On the eve of public holidays (throughout the ACBC), other than Saturdays, from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. In addition to the restrictions established in this section, those contained in the third restriction of this resolution, on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 7,500 kg transporting dangerous goods, shall be applied to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 7,500 kg transporting goods in general.

2.- Vehicles transporting the materials referred to in Annex III of this resolution are exempt from the prohibitions established in the previous point, under the conditions determined therein. (see resolution).

3.- Itineraries to be used by vehicles transporting dangerous goods. Vehicles transporting dangerous goods shall use the routes indicated below:

a) On journeys for distribution and delivery to final recipients or consumers. The most suitable route shall be used, both in terms of road safety and traffic flow, travelling the shortest possible distance along conventional roads to the point of delivery of the goods. It is essential to use the ring roads, bypasses or ring roads outside the towns if there are any, and if there is more than one, the one furthest outside the town shall be used, entering the town centre only to carry out loading and unloading operations, and always by the access closest to the delivery point, except for justified reasons of force majeure.

b) Other types of journeys. If the points of origin and destination of the journey are included in the RIMP -Red de Itinerarios de Mercancías Peligrosas (Dangerous Goods Route Network)- which appears in Annex V of this resolution, vehicles transporting dangerous goods must use them on their journey. If the point of origin or destination of the journey, or both, are outside the RIMP, journeys should be made on conventional roads which allow access to the network via the nearest entrance in the direction of travel, in order to ensure that the journey on single carriageway roads is as short as possible. For the same reason, the RIMP shall be left via the exit closest in the direction of travel to the point of destination of the goods. Transit on roads other than those indicated here shall require special authorisation, which shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of Section Two of this resolution. It shall be permitted to leave the RIMP for journeys whose destination or origin is the driver’s usual residence, to take daily or weekly rest periods, or to carry out vehicle repair or maintenance operations or to access the base of the transport undertaking, provided that the safety and security conditions specified in the ADR are met. In these cases, the RIMP shall be abandoned by the exit nearest to the place to which the driver is going.

The provisions of the above points shall not apply when the transport of dangerous goods is carried out in accordance with any of the exemptions included in the ADR due to the load, quantity or type of transport.

Source: BOE 25/01/2022


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