A current regulation enforced by the EU has advised that all vehicles being used by workers when working on motorways and dual carriageways must have reflective markings on the rear of the vehicle.
The rule is specifically aimed at inspection vehicles, breakdown vehicles and maintenance vehicles. Reflective markings improve visibility for drivers, especially in poor light, and make the roads safer for all users, including road-side workers who often work during the night when there is less traffic but also less light.
Last month one of London’s iconic bridges, Hammersmith Bridge, closed indefinitely after a safety check revealed issues for concern. Hammersmith and Fulham Council closed the bridge with immediate effect and are now seeking funding to repair the 132-year-old bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are still able to use the bridge to travel between Barnes and Hammersmith.
Chevrons kits from companies such as https://www.vehiclechevrons.com/ will include a choice of designs and come with different levels of vehicle cover. Vehicles which tend to work during the day may benefit from using different colours and materials to those working mainly during the night time. The bigger the area, the more effective the markings will be, and they are available for all areas of most standard vehicles, including the back of the vehicles, roof and sides.
There are different materials available, including conspicuity films, engineering-grade reflection and engineering-grade fluorescent. But before investing, companies should seek professional advice from the supplier, as they will be able to advise them on the best kits for their needs as well as let them know what the legal requirements are for them and their business.
Drivers and commercial vehicle owners can use an online tool to look up the registration numbers of their vehicles and see the best available chevrons kits for their fleet, with all the major motor trade manufacturers covered. There is also the option to include text on the markings, letting other drivers and road users know what the vehicle is being used for and create more awareness of its proximity and purpose.
All road workers should adhere to the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice, and it is their employer’s responsibility to ensure their employees are properly trained and familiar with all the necessary guidelines.