Professional Driver's Handbook

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Proper information on a shipping document helps ensure the safe handling and transporting of dangerous goods. It also provides valuable information to those who may have to deal with a dangerous occurrence or collision involving these goods.

The consignor must ensure that the shipping document contains all the required information in the order specified, that the document is signed, and is accompanied by any other required documents or certificates and that it is given to the initial carrier.

The regulations provide that the shipping document shall be located during transport as follows:

  • When the driver is in the cab, one copy in the cab within the driver's reach or in a pocket mounted on the driver's door.
  • When the driver is not in the cab, one copy on the driver's seat or in a pocket mounted on the driver's door.
  • If the transport unit is a tractor/trailer and the trailer containing dangerous goods is detached and left in a parking area, leave a copy of the shipping document with the person in charge of the parking area.
  • In cases that are not covered by the above, leave the shipping document in an accessible, identifiable waterproof receptacle securely attached to the transport unit.

The carrier must also ensure the document is passed along with the dangerous goods to any subsequent carrier or to the consignee.

Except when dangerous goods that are to be transported as waste or by air, any kind of shipping document may be used providing that it contains all of the criteria for shipping documents that is required by the regulations.

When the dangerous goods have been unloaded but due to residues that remain in the transport unit a danger still exists (e.g., bulk uel haulers), the regulations provide that the carrier's copy of the shipping document is to be marked "RESIDUE - LAST CONTAINED" and accompany the transport unit until it has been re-loaded and/or cleaned and purged so that no hazard exists.

When transporting waste dangerous goods, a manifest that is prescribed in the regulations must be used. A pamphlet explaining how to obtain and use the manifest is available from the federal and provincial departments of the environment.

Vehicles displaying a dangerous goods placard must stop at uncontrolled railway crossings.

For further information, contact:

  • Transport Canada
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Services
  • Regional Office - Prairie & Northern
  • Phone: 306-975-5105
  • Toll free: 1-888-463-0521
  • Email:
  • or any traffic officer in your area, or consult the Saskatchewan Truckers' Guide

Note: The Dangerous Goods Act and regulations restrict the movement of vehicles while displaying dangerous goods placards. Accordingly, these vehicles CANNOT be permitted to be used for examination purposes.


Rev: 2017