Safety at Street Works and Road Works A Code of Practice
CHAPTER 8 CONSPICUITY REQUIREMENTS
Important changes governing vehicle conspicuity have been made to the Chapter 8 regulations of the Traffic Signs Manual published by the Department for Transport.
The new rules cover vehicle fleets working on, or near, the UK highways, and include the following:
- Any vehicle stopping on the highway for work purposes should be of a conspicuous colour (e.g. yellow or white).
- Any works vehicles that are used to protect the workforce should be of conspicuous colour and carry appropriate marking.
- On high-speed roads, all vehicles stopping on the highway for works purposes should carry high visibility rear markings, including chevrons comprising alternate strips of fluorescent orange-red retroreflective material and fluorescent yellow non-retroreflective material.
- The markings should cover as much of the rear-facing portion of the vehicle as possible without obscuring windows, vehicle lighting or registration plates.
- Red retroreflective tape should also be applied to all rear facing edges of open doors, guardrails and equipment lockers.
Chevronshop.com has considerable expertise in helping to ensure that companies comply with what can seem a complex set of regulations. It’s essential for the safety of all road users that working vehicles can be seen – if you need help, go to the Contact page.
Are you ready for important new conspicuity regulations impacting on commercial vehicle safety?
From July 2011, the new regulation – called ECE104 – will confirm the use of retro-reflective safety markings on newly registered heavy goods vehicles operating throughout Europe.
Fleets running HGVs of 7.5 tonnes or more or trailers of 3.5 tonnes or more, will need to be fitted with retro-reflective vehicle safety markings.
At Chevronshop.com, we are now supplying fully compliant materials and markings that satisfy the rules governing both rigid and curtain sided vehicles.
ECE104 vehicle safety markings require 50mm to 60mm wide strips of highly reflective material to be applied to the rear and sides of vehicles, so that trucks and trailers are more visible to other road users from a distance of up to 1000 metres at night. This ensures that commercial vehicles can be seen by motorway drivers up to 8-9 seconds earlier than would otherwise be the case and as such is a key development in reducing risk on busy roads.
Chevronshop Guide to Markings
For vehicles wider that 2100mm, ECE104 requires a complete contour line marking to the rear, using either red (preferred by the Department for Transport) or yellow marking tape. The markings should extend to at least 80% of the width of the vehicle and be placed as close as possible to the vehicle edge.
For vehicle sides, operators must comply with one of two options – a complete contour line marking or a partial contour marking (the minimum requirement), using yellow (the preferred option) or white.
There are also rules covering upper and lower contour markings – call chevronshop on 0870 2208341 for further information and help on all the requirements linked to ECE104 compliance.
CODE OF PRACTICE – Self-Escorting of Abnormal Loads and Abnormal Vehicles
The primary role of any escort vehicle is to alert other road users and pedestrians of the presence of an abnormal load or abnormal vehicle. The escort person in the vehicle shall also act as the contact point with others while escorting the load or vehicle.
The escort vehicle and its occupants shall assist the abnormal load or abnormal vehicle in safely negotiating the transport route.
Size and Type
An escort motor vehicle shall have a minimum of four wheels.
The escort vehicle must afford the driver good visibility. To facilitate good visibility to the rear and side, the vehicle shall be fitted with exterior mirrors on both sides. In addition, it is preferable to have rear windows to the side and rear windows at the back of the vehicle to aid driver visibility. Vehicles with open cargo space are not permitted.
The escort vehicle shall not form any part of the units carrying or hauling the abnormal load or the abnormal vehicle.
To be conspicuous to other road users and pedestrians the escort vehicle shall be of a uniform colour, being either white, yellow, orange or silver.
Markings and Identification – see Figures 1 & 2