The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world and the UK Road Haulage Sector exceeds those statistics, but we can do more to prevent the 5000 road traffic accidents that HGV’s are involved in annually. (2016 statistics).
The road network is the workplace of our members and it is therefore imperative that it is as safe a place to work as possible. We will achieve this by working with our members to improve driver skills, knowledge, training and attitudes through policy advice, road safety information guides and campaigns.
We will work with the Department of Transport and road safety organisations by:
Working Together to Build a Safer Road System - Moving Britain Ahead
All road users in whatever capacity they use the road network be it Motorways, to country lanes have a duty to use the roads in a careful and respectful manner. To acknowledge other road users and their abilities and to be courteous at all times.
In Particular we would expect our members to adopt our code of good practice on the RHA Top Six:
Drink Driving & Drug Driving – You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty of drink or drug driving. There is no safe limit of alcohol that you can consume and then drive. Each person’s body reacts differently to alcohol. Drug Driving has many negative effects on the driver, such as over confidence in ability causing aggressive driving (cocaine use) and conversely use of cannabis slows reaction times and can distort time and distance. Some prescription drugs also effect driving and if any doubt exists drivers should seek medical advice.
If you intend to have a drink or take drugs - DO NOT DRIVE - PERIOD.
Speeding (including driving too fast for the conditions) – The speed limit is a limit not a target - In some road conditions, including fog and rain and traffic flow, even driving at the speed limit could be too fast. Driving too fast is also poor driving despite the fact that this is a contributory factor in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year.
Keep to the speed limit and slow down - speed limits are there for a reason
Use of Hand Held Mobile Phones - The use of handheld mobile phones is the biggest road safety concern among motorists today (RAC 2016 Motoring report), the Government is in the process of introducing stiffer penalties for use.
We call on all Members and all drivers to step up efforts to shift the cultural attitude of seemingly sociably acceptable use, and make the use of handheld mobiles phones as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.
Vulnerable Road Users – All road users along with truck drivers have a right to travel on the road safely and are therefore responsible for behaving in a way that maximises their own and each other’s safety.
The key message for all road users is to be careful and considerate around one another.
Driving whilst Tired – Sleepiness - it’s estimated that as at least one in ten middle-aged men in the UK have it! Given the ageing population of the HGV community, and the higher prevalence of the condition in those who tend to be overweight, this means that there is an even higher incidence of the condition amongst HGV drivers. Tachograph fraud also leads to instances of sleepiness, business should ensure they have strict procedures in place against fraudulent use of Tachographs
If in Doubt with any drivers use occupational health or NHS Health at Work
Careless Driving – Careless driving is seen in many guises and many vocational drivers do not realise they are committing an offence for which they could be sued. Instances (but not limited to): include tailgating, failing to give way at a junction, overtaking and forcing into a queue of traffic, wrong lane at a roundabout, ignoring a lane closed sign, red X ignorance and forcing into an orderly queue, lane hogging, inappropriate speed, overtaking on the inside , operating a sat-nav or reading a map while driving, eating/drinking at the wheel, lane hopping/weaving, overtaking and causing an approaching vehicle or overtaken vehicle to brake
Drive Defensively NOT Aggressively
More in-depth guidance is available here:
Drink Driving & Drug Driving - Link Please
Use of Handheld Mobile Phones
Vulnerable Road Users.
Driving whilst Tired – Link Please