Prevention of bridge strikes: A good practice guide for transport managers

This book helps to understand the causes of bridge strikes – and how to can prevent them.

Prevention of bridge strikes - image from Rosemary Oakeshott
Prevention of bridge strikes - image from Rosemary Oakeshott

Who wrote this?

This guide was written by a working group consisting of:

  • Network Rail
  • Department for Transport
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Road Haulage Association
  • Construction Plant-hire Association and
  • Associations of Chief Police Officers

When?

It was first published in April 2012.

Why?

To prevent vehicles hitting bridges, raise awareness of bridge strikes, and decrease bridge failure and maintenance.

This has been produced for the benefit of the freight transport industry and construction plant hire sector, to avoid the delays, costs and danger associated with bridge strikes.

Prevention of bridge strikes series

This is part of a series of documents to avoid bridge strikes:

Prevention of strikes on bridges over highways: A protocol for highway managers & bridge owners

Who should read this?

Anyone who is responsible for managing a fleet of vehicles and wishes to avoid bridge strikes.

Content

This 12-page book helps to understand the causes of bridge strikes – and how to can prevent them.

It covers:

  • What is the law
  • Actions to prevent bridge strikes before the journey
  • Security of load and equipment
  • Actions to prevent bridge strikes during the journey
  • What action should be taken if a bridge strike occurs
  • What are the consequences of bridge strikes for vehicle operators
  • What are the consequences of bridge strikes to the railway
  • Training and competence
  • Professional drivers’ route and vehicle check
  • Overall travelling height conversion chart

For more information and questions, please contact management@ice.org.uk.

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