Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate Information sheet
No. 02 (Version 01) 17 August 2007Safe Transportation of LP gas cylinders
It is very important that requirements for transporting LPG cylinders in vehicles are adhered to.
The consequences of a fire in a vehicle are considerable for both the occupants of the vehicle and others using the road. If you are moving house most carrying companies will not transport gas cylinders.
Some gas suppliers operate an exchange system so that you can surrender a cylinder in one city and obtain a voucher to receive a replacement in the new city.
Enclosed vehicles Transporting LPG cylinders in enclosed vehicles poses significant additional risks. For enclosed vehicles a person must not carry a cylinder of more than 30L (16kg) in size.
9kg cylinders or larger gas cylinders can only be transported in enclosed vehicles for the purposes of getting the cylinder refilled (or exchanged). In addition no more than two cylinders may be transported at the one time.
When you do have to transport your cylinder make sure it is stored securely in an upright position (so it cannot fall over or become a projectile), is placed in the boot/tray rather than the passenger cabin, and in a way that avoids excess exposure to sunlight or heat.
Also check that:
â€¢ the service valve is turned off
â€¢ the safety relief valve is positioned so that any gas release will not impinge on another cylinder
â€¢ the cylinder has a current test date (no more than 10 years)
â€¢ there is screw plug in the cylinder outlet when not in use
Under Queensland Transport legislation transportation of more than 250L (i.e. 10 X 9kg or 2 X 45kg cylinders) of Class 2.1 gases (including LPG) classifies as a 'placard loadâ€™ and particular signage and safety requirements apply.
However, if no other dangerous goods are being transported at the same time, a primary producer or a tradesperson may transport up to 1000L (9 X 45kg cylinders) of LPG only before the â€˜placard loadâ€™ requirements apply.
In this case the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 obligates gas suppliers not to fill a LPG cylinder if they are aware that the cylinder will be transported with other cylinders exceeding 250L (i.e. 10 X 9kg or 2 X 45kg cylinders) and the vehicle does not have relevant dangerous goods code â€œflammable gas signsâ€™.
â€œSafety with LP gas cylindersâ€ brochure on DME website http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/mines/petroleum/index.html
Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/mines/petrole
6th Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail 1998.
Note: The Australian Dangerous Goods
Code (6th Edition) in electronic format only is now available for purchase from CanPrint for RRP of $44.50. You are able to order online athttp://www.canprint.com.auor
call (02) 6295 4422. The seventh addition is available from September 2007.
... 4004706250 and http://www.dotars.gov.au/transport/aust
Queensland Transport Guide to transporting dangerous goodshttp://www.transport.qld.gov.au/Home/In