SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS ITEMS. A truck driver that transports hazardous materials is required to follow a different rules compared to drivers who are transporting the general freight. The ministry of transportation has come up with several rules and regulations concerning the transportation of hazardous materials. The department makes sure that all the rules are followed as a way of ensuring that everyone is kept secure and safe when the vehicle is moving around. The following are some of the things you should know if you are a driver transporting hazardous materials from one location to the other. It is the responsibility of the shipper to prepare for the transportation of hazardous material. The shipper take the responsibility of labeling, packaging and preparing the materials for transportation with the appropriate shipping papers. The materials are loaded on the on the truck and there are a few things that should be considered before the truck starts moving. As a driver who is transporting hazardous material it is your responsibility to follow the rules and regulations of department of transport. When transporting the hazardous materials make sure that you check if you are required to carry a certain permit when travelling to a certain route. It is also important to note that transporting hazardous materials and high combustible materials may fall into different categories and they will follow different rules and regulations. As a driver, you should know the routes that do not allow transportation of hazardous materials. It is important to identify the classification of the load of the hazardous materials in the shipping papers. This will be able to help you display the proper placards on your truck or the trailer you are using to transport hazardous goods. Before starting the transportation journey, make sure that all the car tyres are inspected. It is important for the driver transporting all the hazardous materials to comply with the given rules and regulations. Transporting different hazardous materials require different protocols.Both the class A and B hazardous materials require strict protocols. When the driver transporting such materials, they are required to make a stop after very low hours. If the driver of the truck carrying hazardous materials finds a hot tyre, they have to change it immediately. During the refueling process of the truck, it is important that someone is watching the nozzle at all times. When the driver transporting the hazardous materials realizes that there is some fire ahead, they should avoid driving towards the fire and the driver should not pack 300 feet closer to the fire. The track transporting the hazardous materials should be guarded all the times. The driver should make sure that there is no one smoking near the hazardous materials.