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Road Haulage Code of Conduct & HGV Road Traffic Incidents

 Road Haulage Code of Conduct 

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'Schedule to Minute of Agreement Relative to Traffic Management between South Lanarkshire Council and The Scottish Coal Company Limited'

Road Haulage Code of Conduct


All vehicles should be clearly identifiable, showing the name of the site and company they are working for. In addition a telephone number should be displayed for the general public to report instances of bad driving or complaints. The Company will keep a record of all complaints received by it and actions taken.

Always ensure that your vehicle is in a safe and efficient operational order, and that it complies with Road Traffic Act Construction and Use Regulations. Please pay special attention to the following requirements:

1. All lights must function correctly and be clean, including indicators, brake lights, flashing
beacons, reversing lights (and alarms where fitted)

2. Steering and brakes must operate correctly and efficiently

3. Tyres must be undamaged and have adequate tread depth remaining

4. All mirrors must be correctly fitted, adjusted and unbroken

5. Suspension is maintained to a standard where noise (particularly when travelling empty) is minimised

6. Exhaust emissions comply with all legal requirements

7. Silencers operate effectively to minimise noise and exhaust outlets must be mounted vertically
8. The body and paintwork is to be maintained to a high standard

9. The vehicle is to be kept clean by regular washing
At the Site
Do not approach the site before the normal opening time approved in the planning consent. All approaches should be carried out at low speed to minimise noise and disturbance to residents. The road to the quarry should not be used for mealtime parking.
Carrying Capacity
Never, load the vehicle so that either the maximum permitted G.V.W. or maximum permitted individual axle weights are exceeded. No vehicle will be permitted to leave the site above its legal carrying capacity.
Load Security
Ensure that no material is able to fall from the vehicle in transit and ensure the load is covered at all times and the sheet secured to the sides, front and rear of the body (nets are not considered adequate). New vehicles, as specified, must be fitted with a "mechanical sheeting system".
Ensure the vehicle presents the best image by regular cleaning.
Always use the available spray bars and wheel washes to ensure material and dust are not deposited on the public highway to cause a nuisance.
Conveyance Tickets
Always obtain a valid conveyance ticket before leaving the site.

On the Road
Driver conduct
Your conduct on the road is critical and has a direct effect on public attitudes towards both the company for which you are working and the Minerals Industry.
Therefore, always drive in a manner which complies with the Road Traffic Regulations and the advice given in the Highway Code. Always adjust your driving according to varying road and weather conditions, and allow for the poor driving standards of other road users. Please pay attention to the folio wing points:
Watch your Speed
Do not exceed any speed limit. Take extra care, especially in villages and built up areas. To further minimise the impact of heavy vehicles on the local population, please comply with any voluntary speed restrictions posted at the site.
No Aggressive Driving
Do not intimidate other road users by driving too close, or at an excessive speed.
No Convoying
Avoid grouping of lorries and leave room for smaller vehicles to overtake easily without having to pass more than two lorries at once.
Reduce Noise
J Drive in a manner, which minimises noise from engines, suspensions and tipper bodies, particularly in villages and built up areas, and especially in the early morning and late at night. Ensure that the tailgate is locked when running empty.
Park Tidily
Ensure overnight parking is off the public highway and does not inconvenience members of the general public.
Work Legally
Comply with all Drivers' Hours Legislation and with the Tachograph Regulations.
Spray Reduction
Ensure an adequate means of minimising spray in wet weather is fitted to your vehicle and it is operating effectively.
Only use approved routes to and from the delivery point, and avoid the use of narrow and hilly routes,  which are unsuitable for large vehicles. Local agreements may restrict Minerals vehicles from travelling on certain roads; please comply with these route restrictions.
On the road drive defensively; when stopping, park carefully and with consideration for other people. Accidents can be caused when others fail to see or hear your vehicle. At the site, delivery points or at the scene of a vehicle accident/breakdown wear your reflective jacket/waistcoat at all times.
Accidents and Breakdowns
At the scene of a road traffic accident (or vehicle breakdown) wherever possible, warn approaching traffic of the potential danger. Obtain names and addresses of any witnesses.
Call the emergency services and give attention to injured persons if you are qualified to do so.
Always deal with members of the public in a polite and efficient manner.

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 Heavy Goods Vehicle Road Traffic Incidents 

Below is a selection of photographs showing some of the HGV / tipper lorry incidents in the Douglas Valley area, on the A70, B7078 and other local roads

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