For intermediate inspection and test, the amendment requires that, if it is performed later than the test expiry date recorded on the last test certificate, the test should be replaced by a 5-year inspection and test.
The previous regulations allowed an intermediate inspection and test up to 3 months before or after the test expiry date recorded on the last test certificate, before it was replaced by a 5-year inspection and test.
The amendment applies to RID-ADR 6.8 tank containers.
However, if the tank is dual-approved to RID-ADR 6.8 and UN Portable tank 6.7, practically, the inspection and test date requirements for the dual approval tank follow the tolerance allowed by RID-ADR 6.8, said the organisation.
If the tank is approved only to IMDG 6.7 and RID-ADR 6.7, there is no change to the regulation, it added.
Entry into Service Verification (ESV) may be required by the competent authority on an occasional basis, said ITCO.
The ESV, which might include an inspection, verifies the conformity with RID-ADR 2023 6.8 regulatory requirements.
The ESV may be required by the competent authority on an occasional basis when the tank enters service at its first country of registration; and when the country of registration is changed.