In view of the investigations carried out by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), it is important that your company fully complies with the European Regulation on the Shipments of Waste (EVOA) and exercises due care when transporting hazardous substances. When confronted with a criminal investigation into a maritime collision or road accident, prompt assistance may serve to avoid criminal prosecution.
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of hazardous substances, varying from chemicals to fireworks, are transported in the Netherlands every day. These substances are transported by water, rail, road, pipeline or air. The legislation and regulations governing transport of hazardous substances such as the Transport of Hazardous Substances Act (Wvgs) and the ADR, ADN and RID are complicated and require expert and specialised knowledge. A further complication is that there are a number of parties involved in transports. At Ploum, we can advise you on compliance.
If an accident occurs during transport, hazardous substances may be released which can damage the environment and public health, and may even be fatal. The question of who is to blame in the event of maritime collisions and road accidents is the focal point in criminal investigations. However, the concept of guilt under criminal law has a different meaning to the one we use in everyday conversations. The complexity of transport legislation and regulations mean that you will need expert advice and assistance. Our specialists at Ploum will provide you with this advice and assistance right from the start, and at all stages of the criminal proceedings.