Chapter 8 & Reflective Vehicles.
Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual (Traffic Safety Measure & Signs for Road Works & Temporary Situations) was issued by the Department for Transport in 2006. On high speed roads, all vehicles stopping on the highway for works purposes or inspections must comply with Chapter 8.
“On high-speed roads, all vehicles stopping on the highway for works purposes or inspections shall be equipped with high visibility rear markings.
HIGH VISIBILITY REAR MARKINGS SHOULD COMPRISE EITHER:
(a) chevron markings comprising alternate strips of fluorescent orange-red retro reflective material and fluorescent yellow non-retro reflective material, of not less than 150 mm width each, inclined at 45-60° to the horizontal and pointing upwards.
(b) a solid block of fluorescent orange-red retro reflective material.
The markings described should cover as much of the rear-facing portion of the vehicle as possible without obscuring windows, vehicle lighting or registration plates. Vehicles used for works purposes shall be identified by displaying to the rear the sign to diagram HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE.”
Additionally, there are other specific circumstances that require reflective strips along the sides and rear edges of vehicles.
WE SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES MAY NEED TO COMPLY
- Breakdown and Recovery Vehicles
- Council Works
- Highways Agencies
- Motorway Maintenance
- NHS And Emergency Service Vehicles
- Service Vehicles
- Utility and Energy Companies
Even if your specific vehicle, doesn’t require mandatory Chapter 8 markings, there are many good reasons to still include these markings within your vehicle graphic design.
WHY COMPLY WITH CHAPTER 8?
- Improves visibility of vehicles
- It helps prevent injuries and loss of life for your staff and third parties
- Reduces accident downtime and repair costs
- It gives a professional, responsible and proactive safety image
- It helps mitigate liabilities and legal action related to third party safety
- It gets your other vehicle branding / advertising noticed.
Whether you require a single vehicle or a whole fleet, we can supply a full Chapter 8 solution, at a competitive price. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will provide a free, no obligation, consultation to confirm whether your specific vehicles and works should be covered.