What is Chapter 8?
What is Chapter 8 and its legal status?
The use of Chapter 8 compliant vehicle livery is considered DfT best practice and TGS recommend that any vehicles stopping on UK roads for works or inspection purposes should be compliant.
It is intended to provide a standard of good practice and is considered as the minimum requirement, which should always be achieved.
Whilst Chapter 8 is not legislation, by not complying with these guidelines you are leaving yourself open to potential legal action should an accident happen involving your fleet.
Officially the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Helath and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 require all clients, employers and employees to establish and maintain safe systems of work.
Chapter 8 may be considered as representing what is reasonably practicable for the enforcement of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978, and associated regulations.
Chapter 8 sets out a code of practice to enable the legal requirements to be met in a wide variety of circumstances. Although it has no statutory force (except in Northern Ireland where an authorised officer for the Department may deem it to have such force); it should be noted that many of the basic principles contained in this document are also covered in the Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice, which has legal backing under Sections 65 and 124 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Article 25 of the Street Works (NI) Order 1995.
What are 'Chapter 8 compliant' markings?
Compliance with these specifications is recommended for use on all types of highway particularly high speed roads.
All vehicles stopping on the highway for works purposes or inspections shall:
High visibility rear markings should comprise either: