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A message from your Traffic Commissioner   

18 Dec 2019

BRIDGE STRIKES AT AN UNACCEPTABLE LEVEL

Traffic Commissioners' Annual Report  

    

Regulators say regulatory action is “a real possibility” for those failing to take the necessary steps

A hot topic discussed in the recent Commissioners’ Annual Report is the disappointing number of incidents within the industry where a vehicle collides with a bridge.

In addition to the potentially catastrophic road safety issues, there are serious financial implications to these accidents, as well as travel delays for commuters.

With instances of drivers being left to plan routes without access to information needed to avoid these collisions, the transport regulators warn operators to treat the issue seriously and take responsibility.

 

Some of the common causes of bridge strikes are:

•   Drivers taking short cuts whilst engaged on “not in service” journeys

•   Staff with insufficient route knowledge returning a vehicle to depot

•   Drivers taking a double deck vehicle on a single deck route

•   Misunderstanding of road signs

 

To minimise the risk of bridge strikes, always:

•   Know your vehicle height and width

•   Know your route in and out of service

•   Understand and obey traffic signs

•   Carry out adequate risk-based assessments

•   Provide drivers with route conversion charts

 

The Guidance on preventing Bridge Strikes written by Network Rail is an invaluable tool for operators, transport managers and drivers. This information in this document should be thoroughly understood and readily available.