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

As SM UK are specialists in commercial vehicle safety, we are well equipped to help you and your fleet meet HS2 requirements and ensure you avoid the costly suspensions from HS2 sites that will be issued to those who don't meet the vehicle safety requirements.

We provide nationwide coverage with our team of expert mobile engineers, or jobs can completed in our state of the art workshops in Leeds and Tamworth. SM UK also hold Stage 2 and Stage 3 Type Approval, meaning we can carry out installations pre-registration, ideal for any new trucks you may be taking on.


For any help regarding HS2 vehicle safety, get in touch with SM UK, and one of our specialists will be in touch to guide you through the process.

0845 388 3816