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Legal instruments in the field of transport

European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

                                                                                                      Geneva, 30 September 1957

Entry into force:

29 January 1968, in accordance with article 7.

Registration:

29 January 1968, No. 8940.

Status:

Signatories: 9 ,Parties: 48.

Text:

United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 619, p. 77; vol. 641, p. 3 (French only); vol. 731, p. 3 (English only). For amendments to Annexes A and B, see vol. 774, p. 368; vol. 828, p. 518; vol. 883, p. 174; vol. 907, p. 158; vol. 921, p. 284; vol. 922, p. 282; vol. 926, p. 114; vol. 951, p. 433; vol. 982, p. 313; vol. 987, p. 435; vol. 1003, p. 249; vol. 1023, p. 462; vol. 1035, p. 330; vol. 1074, p. 352; vol. 1107, p. 269; vol. 1161, p. 461; vol. 1162, p. 437; vol. 1259, p. 407; vol. 1279, p. 307; vol. 1297, p. 406; vol. 1344, p. 231; and depositary notifications C.N.324.1984.TREATIES-2 of 20 February 1985; C.N.39.1987.TREATIES-1 of 4 May 1987; C.N.280.1987.TREATIES-3 of 10 De cember 1987; C.N.86.1989.TREATIES-1 of 22 May 1989; C.N.86.1982.TREATIES-2 of 5 April 1982 and C.N.160.1982.TREATIES-3 of 9 July 1982 (corrigenda to the English and French texts of annexes A and B); C.N.111.1991.TREATIES-1 of 29 July 1991 (amendments to appendix B.6 of annex B, as amended); C.N.209.1992.TREATIES-1 of 30 June 1992 (amendments to annexes A and B, as amended); vol. 1845, p. 48 (amendments to annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.223.1996.TREATIES-2 of 1 July 1996 (amendments to annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.399.1996.TREATIES-5 of 30 December 1996 (corrections to amendments to annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.439.1996.TREATIES-6 of 30 December 1996 (amendments to annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.308.1997.TREATIES-6 of 15 July 1997 (amendments proposed by the Secretary-General to annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.310.1998.TREATIES-1 of 1 July 1998 (amendments to annexes A and B as amended); C.N.1078.2000.TREATIES-3 of 1 January 2001 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.282.2001.TREATIES-1(Reissued) of 17 April 2001 (acceptance of the amendments); C.N.870.2001.TREATIES-4 of 18 September 2001 (proposal of corrections to the amendments to annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.1454.2001.TREATIES-5 of 18 December 2001 (acceptance); C.N.302.TREATIES-1 of 5 April 2002 (proposal of corrections to the amendments to annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.675.2002.TREATIES-2 of 5 July 2002 (acceptance); C.N.666.2002.TREATIES-1 of 1 July 2002 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.1064.2002.TREATIES-2 of 2 October 2002 (acceptance); C.N.1025.2002.TREATIES-1 of 20 September 2002 (proposal of corrections to amendments to annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.1333.2002.TREATIES-2 of 20 December 2002 (acceptance); C.N.1345.2002.TREATIES-2 of 27 December 2002 (proposal of amendment by France to Annex A, as amended) and C.N.389.2003.TREATIES-1 of 15 May 2003 (acceptance); C.N.597.2004.TREATIES-2 of 1 July 2004 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to Annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.1051.2004.TREATIES-3 of 4 October 2004 (acceptance); C.N.482.2006.TREATIES-1 of 1 July 2006 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to Annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.804.2006.TREATIES-2 of 22 January 2007 (Switzerland: Objection) and C.N.805.2006.TREATIES-3 of 22 January 2007 (Acceptance); C.N.198.2007.TREATIES-1 of 12 February 2007 (Proposal of corrections to Annex A, as amended); C.N.581.2007.TREATIES-3 of 16 May 2007 (Corrections to Annex A, as amended); C.N.461.2008.TREATIES-1 of 1 July 2008 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to Annexes A and B, as amended) and C.N.749.2008.TREATIES-3 of 13 October 2008 (acceptance); C.N.871.2008.TREATIES-4 of 2 December 2008 (proposal of corrections to Annex A, as amended) and C.N.128.2009.TREATIES-2 of 3 March 2009 (acceptance); C.N.1.2009.TREATIES-1 of 1 January 2009 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to Annex A, as amended) and C.N.190.2009.TREATIES-4 of 2 April 2009 (acceptance); C.N.751.2009.TREATIES-5 of 22 October 2009 (proposal of corrections to Annex A, as amended) and C.N.24.2010.TREATIES-1 of 25 January 2010 (acceptance of corrections); C.N.408.2010.TREATIES-3 of 1 July 2010 (proposal of amendments by Portugal to Annex A and B, as amended) and C.N.626.2010.TREATIES-4 (Acceptance of the amendments proposed by Portugal to Annexes A and B, as amended); C.N.435.2011.TREATIES-2 of 7 July 2011 (proposal of corrections to Annexes A and B, as amended) and documents ECE/TRANS/WP.15/208 and ECE/TRANS/WP.15/210 and C.N.690.2011.TREATIES-3 of 13 October 2011 (acceptance of corrections).1.

 

 

Participant

Signature  

Ratification, Accession (a), Succession (d) 

Albania

 

26 Jan 2005 a

Andorra

 

10 March 2009 a

Austria

13 Dec 1957

20 Sep 1973

Azerbaijan

 

28 Sep 2000 a

Belarus

 

5 Apr 1993 a

Belgium

18 Oct 1957

25 Aug 1960

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2

 

1 Sep 1993 d

Bulgaria

 

12 May 1995 a

Croatia 2

 

23 Nov 1992 d

Cyprus

 

19 Apr 2004 a

Czech Republic 3

2 Jun 1993 d

Denmark

 

1 Jul 1981 a

Estonia

 

25 Jun 1996 a

Finland

 

28 Feb 1979 a

France

13 Dec 1957

2 Feb 1960

Germany 4, 5

13 Dec 1957

1 Dec 1969

Greece

 

27 May 1988 a

Hungary

 

19 Jul 1979 a

Iceland

 

24 Feb 2011 a

Ireland

 

12 Oct 2006 a

Italy

13 Dec 1957

3 Jun 1963

Kazakhstan

 

26 Jul 2001 a

Latvia

 

11 Apr 1996 a

Liechtenstein

 

12 Dec 1994 a

Lithuania

 

7 Dec 1995 a

Luxembourg

13 Dec 1957

21 Jul 1970

Malta

 

8 May 2007 a

Moldova

 

14 Jul 1998 a

Montenegro 6

 

23 Oct 2006 d

Morocco

 

11 May 2001 a

Netherlands 7

13 Dec 1957

1 Nov 1963

Norway

 

5 Feb 1976 a

Poland

 

6 May 1975 a

Portugal

 

29 Dec 1967 a

Romania

 

8 Jun 1994 a

Russian Federation

 

28 Apr 1994 a

Serbia 2

 

12 Mar 2001 d

Slovakia 3

 

28 May 1993 d

Slovenia 2

 

6 Jul 1992 d

Spain

 

22 Nov 1972 a

Sweden

 

1 Mar 1974 a

Switzerland

6 Nov 1957

20 Jun 1972

Tajikistan

28 Dec 2011 a

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2

 

18 Apr 1997 d

Tunisia

 

3 Sep 2008 a

Turkey

 

22 Feb 2010 a

Ukraine

 

1 May 2000 a

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1 Oct 1957

29 Jun 1968

Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)

 

Czech Republic 3

Hungary
Reservation:
The Hungarian People's Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 11 of the Agreement concerning compulsory arbitration.

Slovakia 3

 

Notes

1. On 27 September 2006, the Government of Switzerland notified the Secretary-General of its objection to the above amendments as indicated in depositary notification circulated on 22 January 2007.The objection reads as follows:

"The Swiss Confederation rejects the proposed amendment because it could lead to a lessening of road safety on Swiss sovereign territory.  By contrast with existing Swiss legislation, the proposed new international regulations relating to tunnels will not apply to exempted dangerous goods. This is especially problematic with respect to exempted limited quantities, since the new regulations will permit the carriage of considerable quantities of dangerous goods.  Furthermore, a comparison between existing Swiss legislation and the new ADR tunnel regulations shows that it would only be possible to maintain the current standard of safety in Switzerland if extensive support measures were to be introduced relating to transport through tunnels, and these pleasures would in turn result in considerable additional costs.

We also question whether from a legal point of view the introduction of "compelling regulations" relating to tunnels at the international level is reconcilable with the provisions of the ADR."

By 1 October 2006, that is to say, on the expiry of the period of three months, no further objection had been notified to the Secretary-General.  Consequently, the amendments have been deemed accepted in accordance with article 14 (3) of the Agreement and will enter into force three months after the date of acceptance, i.e., on 1 January 2007.

 

2. The former Yugoslavia had acceeded to the Agreement on 28 May 1971. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

 

3. Czechoslovakia had acceded to the Convention on 17 July 1986, with the following reservation and declaration:

Reservation:

"The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic declares that within the meaning of article 12, para. 1, of the Agreement it does not feel bound by the provisions of article 11, paras. 2 and 3, of the Agreement."

Declaration:

"The provision of article 10 of the Agreement contravenes the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples that was adopted at the XVth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1960 and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic therefore regards the said provision as superseded."

See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

 

4. See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

 

5. The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Agreement on 27 December 1973 with a reservation. For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 905, p. 86.  See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

 

6. See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.

 

7. For the Kingdom in Europe.

 

 

For additional information, please visit the UNECE Transport Division's Website dedicated to this agreement: ADR