HS2 Requirements

Vehicle safety requirements during construction for all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes

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

Vehicle safety requirements, above the legal minimum standards, will be adopted to protect vulnerable road users.

Vehicles failing to comply with the requirements will not be allowed on HS2 work sites, and drivers would be subject to suspension from all HS2 work sites.

HS2 History

Vehicle Safety Requirements

Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes regulalry 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.

  1. 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)
  2. Side under-run guards on both sides, unless the contractor has demonstrated that site conditions mean that they are not capable of being fitted

    Blind spot minimisation, which may be a combination of
  3. Class IV, Class V and Class VI mirrors
  4. A camera system for blind spots
  5. Audible or visual front nearside driver alerts
  6. Audible nearside left turn warning
  7. Reversing external warning

Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes used for the movement of mass spoil material must also have a four-way or 360° camera system fitted that can store up to two weeks worth of data, which may be viewed by the Principal Contractor on a 'just cause' basis.

HS2 spec

Recommended: Truck Door Windows

"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."

Truck Door Windows installed on five Volvo trucks