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Dumpers used on the public highway

Andy Oakley 6 years ago   Reply

There are many myths that are given to contractors by their ground workers that the dumper can be driven down the road without being licenced for the road as long as it is only so many metres or just crossing between gates etc etc.

Has anyone come across a definative document that dispels all the mythes on this subject 

mickn2k 6 years ago   Reply

Andy,

Reference Site Dumpers being used on the public highway.

The main sources of reference are;

  • DVLA, (INF 52), 7/10, Information for drivers of large vehicles.
  • OPERC Safety Alert (ALT-010) www.operc.com/SafetyAlert/ALT_010_A3.pdf
  • HSE Construction Information Sheet No 52 (Revision 1)


Site personnel who hold a full Category B driving licence can drive any of the following, known as "EXEMPTED" GOODS VEHICLES.  the list is not exhaustive.
  • goods vehicles powered by steam.
  • Any road construction vehicles
  • Any engineering equipment, (but not cranes).
  • Forklift trucks.
  • Digging machines.
Other exempted goods vehicles are those that do not use public roads for distances of more than 9.7 kilometres in total during any week.
The mythical example you gave is in fact correct. Exemptions apply to some goods vehicles, which,
  • Do not travel more than 1.5 kilometres on roads at one time. 

I have been doing battle with a leading card scheme that has claimed eg, that a telescopic handler carrying a load on it's forks for short distances along the public highway becomes an LGV .  This is ABSOLUTE NONSENSE.  Similarly the leading card scheme stipulates the need for categories G and H in addition to Category B for Rollers and Tracked items of engineering plant, which hold the Dof T exemption.
NB:  TO DRIVE THE DUMPER (AS AN EXEMPTED GOODS VEHICLE) ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY THE OPERATOR MUST HOLD A FULL CAT B DRIVING LICENCE.  THE MINIMUM OPERATOR AGE IS DETERMINED BY THE WEIGHT- AGED 18 FOR MACHINES WITH A MAXIMUM AUTHORISED MASS, (MAM), BETWEEN 3.5 TONNES AND 7.5 TONNES, AND AGED 21 FOR THOSE OVER 7.5 TONNES.
Please email me if you have any further queries. <micknorton@«hidden»>

Regards Mick

 

 

Russell powell 6 years ago   Reply

Had a situation on one of my sites were the site compound was 1/2 kilometer away from the works, all that was in the compound was welfare cabins and car parking, our telehandler lived there overnight and weekends, our health and safety officer was adamant i needed to put a multitude of signage along the route warning residents that a telehandler was using the route, i argued that this was not a Health and safety issue as the vehicle was not carrying loads, was taxed and driven by a holder of a full driving licence, and its compliance for travelling that route was by way of the road traffic act not heath and safety on a construction site.

Is this a reasonable argument

Russell

bob.youel 6 years ago   Reply

R

Whilst I say that all things are H&S related irrespective; your interpretation is correct in my view in this case in that everything was fine so such notices are not needed – just think of how our roads would be if every ‘different’ type of load/vehicle had different notices posted!

B

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Had a situation on one of my sites were the site compound was 1/2 kilometer away from the works, all that was in the compound was welfare cabins and car parking, our telehandler lived there overnight and weekends, our health and safety officer was adamant i needed to put a multitude of signage along the route warning residents that a telehandler was using the route, i argued that this was not a Health and safety issue as the vehicle was not carrying loads, was taxed and driven by a holder of a full driving licence, and its compliance for travelling that route was by way of the road traffic act not heath and safety on a construction site.

Is this a reasonable argument

Russell

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