Office for Nuclear Regulation

Circle Express Limited (Birmingham) Transport – Inspection ID: 52837

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • October 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review compliance of the dutyholder’s arrangements for class 7 radioactive material for road transport, specifically carrier duties.

Subject(s) of inspection

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system – Rating: Amber
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Contingency plans in accordance with IRR Reg 13 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Designation of Controlled or supervised areas Reg 17 IRR17 – Rating: Amber
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) IRR17 Regulation 19 additional requirements – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Local rules Reg 18 IRR17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Security Plan – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Sub contract arrangements – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8 – Rating: Not rated

Key findings, inspector’s opinions and reasons for judgement made

The inspector identified that the majority of areas inspected were below the expected standard, however in each individual area the shortfall was minor and could be attributed to a general issue with the overarching management arrangements. The inspector has therefore addressed a number of minor shortfalls in multiple areas under a single regulatory shortfall.


The inspector identified a range of non-compliances and discussed these during the inspection, two specific sets of actions have been identified relating to management arrangements and in-transit storage facilities.

The non-compliances should be rectified, or a plan provided with dates by when they will be rectified, by the 4 December 2023.