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Red X warning for North West’s motorway drivers

Published on: Mar 21 2019 at 06:16 PM

Highways England statistics show that around one in 10 drivers in the North West do not take notice when red Xs are used to close lanes, with many waiting until they reach an incident before changing lanes.


Red Xs are displayed on overhead signs to close lanes for several reasons, including an accident or breakdown, debris in the carriageway, or because of a person or animal on the road. Lanes are also closed to help emergency services get through or to provide a safe space for road workers.


Highways England has released new CCTV footage which shows a car narrowly avoiding a collision with a lorry as the driver changes lanes on the M60 near Whitefield.


To read what the traffic officers involved had to say and to watch the video click HERE


Department for Transport issues pothole warning

Published on: Mar 08 2019 at 05:59 PM

Firms that dig up the roads would have to guarantee they remained pothole-free for five years, under new Department for Transport (DfT) proposals. At the moment, utility companies only guarantee roadworks for two years.


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Imposing higher standards on repairs will help keep roads pothole-free for longer." But a utilities sector spokesperson said it was unnecessary to increase the guarantee.


Street Works UK represents gas, electricity, water, sewage and telecoms companies. Chief executive, Clive Bairsto, said: "The Government should not take forward proposals unless they are supported by a strong evidence base."


"Utilities and their contractor partners play a vital role in delivering and maintaining vital infrastructure which powers the economy, and it is crucial that any new regulations are proportionate."

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Potholes are the biggest enemy for road users and this Government is looking at all options to keep our roads in the best condition."


Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation said: "A five-year guarantee might cause the utility companies to sit up and take notice, but only if they believe local highway authorities will have the resource to monitor the state of repairs up to five years after they have been done."


To read more click HERE


Direct Vision Standard and Safety Permit for HGVs

Published on: Mar 01 2019 at 07:29 PM


The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) assesses and rates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users. The DVS forms part of a proposed Safety Permit for all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering London.


Consultation feedback has shaped the DVS proposal which now includes an HGV Safety Permit. If the proposal is approved, HGVs over 12 tonnes entering or operating in Greater London will require a Safety Permit. The Permit scheme will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.


Subject to final consultation, permits for the scheme will be available from October 2019.


If you operate vehicles that go into London, why not click HERE to read more!


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