UK Has New Road Works Safety Rules

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a new set of safety rules that regulate the country’s roadworks.

The specialized firms that carry out road works already have to provide information (this include a contact telephone number and details about the firm) at the construction site and abide certain safety rules imposed by DfT standards. The new standards state that councils that carry their own works will have to follow the same set of rules.

According to a recent report, an important new rule has been introduced: from now on, road works providers must meet higher safety standard for disabled persons. The provider must create an easy wheelchair transition pathway, so that disabled people can navigate their way around the potential hazard.

"I am tired of hearing excuses about why road works can't be carried out with more consideration and respect for the traveling public.  It is not acceptable for works to be badly signed, left in a dangerous state or put in place without a thought for the needs of road users, particularly people with disabilities. That is why I have made tackling road works disruption a priority since I became Transport Minister last year and announced a package of measures in December to reduce the problems they can cause.” said Sadiq Khan, the UK’s transport Minister.

"We have already taken steps to give councils greater powers to co-ordinate works and to incentivise utility firms to finish works on time.  The plans I have announced today will make sure that all works are clearly signed and properly protected." Khan added.
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