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Dangerous goods vehicle licensing

A dangerous goods vehicle licence authorises a person to use a specific vehicle or vehicles to transport dangerous goods by road. A dangerous goods vehicle licence may list more than one vehicle.

A dangerous goods licensed vehicle is identified by a label displayed on the vehicle. It must be displayed in a conspicuous place whenever you are transporting dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500L or more than 500kg.

A 'vehicle', for the purpose of a dangerous goods vehicle licence, does not include prime movers or converter dollys, therefore they are not required to be licensed to transport dangerous goods.

A dangerous goods vehicle licence is not required when the dangerous goods are being transported:

  • in an intermediate bulk container (IBC)
  • and the IBC is not packed or unpacked on the vehicle
  • and the total capacity of IBC's containing dangerous goods on the vehicle is not more than 3000L.

Dangerous goods vehicle licence applications are processed through selected Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centres.

All vehicles licensed to carry dangerous goods in Queensland must be registered in Queensland and have current Department of Transport and Main Roads inspection requirements for that type of vehicle.

You will need to complete the Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence Application form (F2259) and pay a fee per vehicle. The fee is calculated on the size of the vehicle you are licensing.

A dangerous goods vehicle label is issued for each vehicle contained on the dangerous goods vehicle licence.

The dangerous goods vehicle licence is issued for 1 year, but is suspended if the vehicle registration lapses or is cancelled.

Replacement labels can be obtained from selected Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centres. A written Statutory Declaration or a business/company letterhead must be provided stating the reason for the loss of label, vehicle/trailer registration details and the dangerous goods vehicle licence number.

The licensee must notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads of any licensed vehicles that have been replaced, deleted, or disposed of as these vehicles must be removed from the licence.

Vehicles added to the licence during its currency are charged a pro-rata fee calculated on the number of months remaining on the licence.

No fee is required if the licensee applies to remove a vehicle and add a new vehicle during the same transaction.

If a vehicle is deleted or disposed of while the dangerous goods vehicle licence remains current, no refund applies.

The vehicle owner must have adequate insurance to transport dangerous goods as outlined in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Dangerous Goods) Regulation 2008. The vehicle must be covered by a policy of insurance or other form of indemnity of at least $5 million.

To drive a dangerous goods vehicle in Queensland, the driver must hold a dangerous goods driver licence.

Last updated
04 November 2014