HS2 & Your Fleet

The construction of a project on the scale of HS2 will require the removal and delivery of large quantities of materials throughout the main construction phase along the line of route.

Vehicle Safety Requirements, above the legal minimum standards, will be adopted to protect vulnerable road users. Vehicles failing to comply with the above requirements will not be allowed on HS2 worksites,and driversworld be subject to suspension from all HS2 worksites.

Construction traffic refers to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes which are making deliveries of construction equipment or materials, or moving quantities of excavated material on public roads. Vehicles and drivers will need to adhere to a number of standards and systems, including vehicle flows and road safety management, monitoring & control, vehicle identification and fleet operator quality plans, such as FORS standards. The Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standard is a voluntary standard that has been developed to protect vulnerable road users. Principal Contractors, and their supply chain, will be required to follow appropriate CLOCS requirements, including driver training and vehicle safety.

Light van fleets can follow more appropriate quality plans, such as Van Excellence.

prominent warning signage
side underun guards both sides
multiple class mirrors
blind spot camera
5 Audible or visual front nearside driver alerts
6 Audible nearside left turn warning
7 Reversing external warning
9 Four way or 360° camera system
10 A Mobile Digital Recorder

HGV Safety Requirements

Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes regularly attending any HS2 work site, as well as complying with all legal regulations and standards, will be required to have the following safety equipment fitted and in full working order at the start of each working day.

  • Prominent signage, warning other road users not to get too close to the vehicle. (this will also apply to certain construction vehicles less than 3.5 tonnes)
  • Side under-run guards on both sides, unless the contractor has demonstrated that site conditions mean that they are not capable of being fitted.
  • Class IV, Class V and Class VI mirrors.
  • A camera system for blind spots.
  • Audible or visual front nearside driver alerts.
  • Audible nearside left turn warning.
  • Reversing external warning.
  • Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes used for the movement of mass spoil material must also have:
  • Four-way or 360° camera system.
  • A Mobile Digital Recover capable of storing two weeks worth of data, which may be viewed by the Principal Contractor on a ‘just cause’ basis.

“HS2 will require the Principal Contractors to demonstrate how the supply chain will adopt additional innovation or technology to remove the blind spots and under-running. This could include retrofitting LGVs with doors which provides for improved visibility.”

Blind spot camera on van excellence HS2
Reverse sensors on Van Excellence HS2
Reverse warning van excellence HS2
dash camera van excellence HS2
Electric vehicle quiet sounder van excellence HS2

Van Safety Requirements

Principal contractors are likely to choose partners who achieve Van Excellence or an alternative standard

Logistics UK’s Van Excellence Standards have been updated to help prevent or mitigate road collisions by requiring operators to enhance safety through the fitment of safety features – such as reversing alarms, sensors or cameras – to all new vans entering fleets.

Logistics UK has not been prescriptive in exactly what needs to be fitted and so operators can use their preferred form of equipment, including:

  • Blind spot cameras
  • Sensors
  • Reverse alarms
  • Dash cams
  • For those running electric vehicles; quiet vehicle sounders

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