HS2 Vehicle Safety – Can Your Vehicles Go On Site?
HS2, also known as High Speed 2, is a super-fast railway project that is currently being built in the UK. The project requires contractors and businesses to transport materials to and from the construction site, which means they need vehicles to access the area safely. However, to ensure everyone’s safety, there are some necessary rules that contractors and operators must follow. These requirements include specific access routes and times, additional equipment installed on vehicles, and driver training to ensure safe travel on the site.
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Vehicle Safety Requirements
All vehicles are regulated under CLOCS standards. CLOCS standards have been aligned to a FORS Silver accreditation since June 2015. This should not be forgotten as access is only permitted in authorised UK vehicles when the vehicle safety requirements have been met. Failure to comply will result in denial of access onto HS2 sites and drivers may face suspension from all the HS2 sites.
HGV HS2 Requirements
All Heavy Goods Vehicles working on HS2 sites will need to be powered by Euro 6 engines. This will help reduce harmful emissions from combustion engines considering the scale of the project.
Vehicle Safety Requirements For Vehicles Over 3.5t
As an addition, any vehicles over 3.5t will need:
Side under-run guards are required on both sides of the vehicle unless the contractor has showed that the site conditions mean that they are not capable of being installed.
All vehicles on an HS2 Site are required to have beacons, which must be compliant with Chapter 8 standards. Depending on the type of vehicle lighting you have, you may need two units or just one if you have a light bar in most cases. We understand that this may be confusing for some, but we are here to help. Our team of experts is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have about vehicle beacons and lighting on HS2 sites. So, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need any assistance.
Vehicles Will Also Require Blind Spot Driver Aids.
and at least one of the following safety equipment
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For Vehicles Over 7.5 tonnes
The below requirements apply for vehicles over 7.5t such as Muck away tippers. Employers have the right to request this.
Mobile Video Digital Recording (MDVR)
MDVRS are a requirement for vehicles carrying out mass haul movements. Vehicles will also require digital video recording such as 360-degree cameras to capture activities happening around the vehicle. Footage must be stored for a period of at least 2 weeks. The footage can be used:
Warning Stickers and Signs
Warning stickers will be required for all vehicles accessing HS2 sites. The stickers must have an approved design that is appropriate for the scheme or as specified by the contractor. These stickers should be properly attached to at least the back and side of the vehicle in a clear and visible manner. It’s important to maintain them in a clean condition and replace them when required.
Other Vehicle Safety Standards
It is important to note that there are additional vehicle safety standards that must be followed on HS2 Sites. It is imperative for all vehicles to comply with these additional standards, failure to do so may result in vehicles being turned away from the worksites although a driver suspension policy would not apply in this case. The additional standards are:
Frequently Asked Questions
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