Main Placarding

Main placarding required for the transport of dangerous goods by road throughout southern Africa

Placards must clearly indicate the goods being transported by means of a UN number or "MULTILOAD" where goods on board cannot be identified under one UN number. Three main placards must be affixed one on each side and one at the rear of the vehicle. A plain orange danger warning diamond must also be affixed to the front.


  • Self adhesive vinyl decals to be affixed directly to the vehicle
  • Vinyl with magnetised rubber backing which can be applied and removed easily from the vehicle
  • ABS plastic sheet which slots into a holding frame
  • Chromadek powder coated steel plate which slots into a holding frame.

All placards supplied comply with the legal requirements set out in SANS 10232-1, which states that the full placard, including the 10 mm black border must be clearly visible from the roadside, whether directly fixed on the vehicle, or supported by means of a permanently fixed frame. The decals are commonly used on tankers dedicated to the transport of the same substance and the ABS and Chromadek signboards are usually used on vehicles where the load frequently changes from day to day. They can also be removed when the vehicle no longer has dangerous goods aboard. The easy to apply and remove vinyl with magnetised rubber backing is especially useful in the case of light delivery vehicles.


  • Vehicles below 3 500 kg GVM may use half size placards (350 mm x 200 mm).
  • Heavier vehicles must use full size placards (700 mm x 400 mm).