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Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership supports Open Letter to commercial vehicle drivers

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership supports Open Letter to commercial vehicle drivers

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership including Warwickshire Police's Commercial Vehicle Unit has put its full support behind an Open Letter to industry regarding load security. The Open Letter has the support of over 30 police forces, National Highways, the DVSA and the Office of the Traffic Commissioner and asks commercial vehicle operators and drivers to play their part in reducing death and injury on our roads by making sure that all loads are secure and vehicles with loads are safe and legal before they set off. More »

In Warwickshire between January 2017 and August 2021, 986 straps, 1144 tyres and 64 shed loads have been recovered along with 5386 other obstructions on the county's road network including the M6, M40, M42 and major A roads such as the A5, A45 and A46.

Carl Stafford of Warwickshire Police Commercial Vehicle Unit said "Commercial vehicles are currently overrepresented in road traffic collision statistics. For this to change we urgently need drivers, vehicle operators, and those loading vehicles or trailers for others to play their part in preventing deaths and injuries on our roads.

"Sadly we see the results of insecure loads falling from vehicles and killing or seriously injuring innocent people as part of our role. This is totally preventable and totally unacceptable. We are asking commercial vehicle drivers to do regular walk around checks of their vehicles every time they get into them to check straps and loads are safe and properly secured. We are also asking drivers to do additional checks on their load when they stop for tacho breaks to ensure their straps and chains have not come loose during transit. This could save someone's life.

"We will continue to patrol the county's roads during operations such as Safer Loads and Operation Tramline, looking for these dangerous vehicles and as well as issuing Traffic Offence Reports and preventing vehicles moving until loads are made secure, will refer drivers and companies to the Traffic Commissioner for further action to be considered."

National Highways Assistant Regional Safety Co-ordinator, Marie Biddulph, said:

"Anyone carrying a load, whether a commercial or private vehicle, has a responsibility to make sure that load is properly secured. Unsafe vehicles are a threat to all road users.

"We know that carrying out simple safety checks on vehicle loads can prevent devastating tragedies, which is why we have signed this open letter alongside our safety partners urging all drivers to make sure their load is properly secured every time they get behind the wheel.

"Before setting off, drivers need to be confident that their vehicle is appropriate for the load being carried, that it is not overloaded and has been loaded properly, using the appropriate securing system. The consequences of not doing those checks could be fatal."

The Open Letter is part of a national week of action that aims to improve the safety of commercial vehicles using our roads. During the week, Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership will be promoting road safety messages aimed at the commercial vehicle sector.

Further information:

In 2020, there were 12,140 items dropped or left on the National Highways' network of motorways and major A roads in the Midlands including 1,400 tyres and 1,437 straps.

The Open Letter in full can be seen below

Nobody goes to work to intentionally harm or kill someone, but the reality is that unless you make sure the loads you carry are safe you are putting yourself and other people at risk during your journey and when you come to unload.

Any item capable of being thrown from or bouncing out of a vehicle needs to be secured whatever vehicle it is being carried on, whether it's a plastic bucket or wheelbarrow, steel beams or heavy plant equipment. Even small items can kill or seriously injure someone if they come off a vehicle at speed. Delays and disruption on the road network because of load debris cost the UK economy millions of pounds every year.

Load shift incidents on the road and in the workplace are both foreseeable and completely preventable. Police forces, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and National Highways are working together to protect people, but we can't do it alone. Drivers, vehicle operators, and those loading vehicles or trailers for others (consignors) must also play their part in preventing deaths and injuries.

There is no excuse for sending dangerous vehicles onto the road network and putting people at risk. Appropriate enforcement action will be taken where individuals and companies are found to have recklessly broken the law.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 say you must make sure that anything transported on or in a vehicle or trailer is secured so that it does not move during the journey and put people at risk. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 says that employers and the self-employed whose work puts others at risk must take steps to protect both their own employees and anyone else who could be at risk. Everyone has responsibilities to make sure that the load is safe and it's not enough to simply assume the driver is the only responsible party once the vehicle leaves your site or rely on not having had something go badly wrong before.

· If you operate vehicles or load vehicles for other people, you must take steps to protect the driver, other road users, pedestrians, and anyone involved in loading or unloading. You must make sure drivers and people loading vehicles have the right training, information, and equipment to do their jobs safely. It is not enough to assume that the driver will make it right and your legal responsibilities do not end when the vehicle leaves your site.

· If you drive vehicles, make sure you know what you need to do. Challenge poor practice in the workplace where you can and ask for training if you are asked to take something out and you are not sure how it should be secured. Don't assume it will be ok just because you've always done it that way. Check your securing equipment every time you use it and don't use damaged equipment.

Free load security guidance is available from DVSA and free workplace transport guidance and resources to help you assess risk are available from HSE. Other guidance from National Highways, industry associations, and trade unions is also available to help you make sure you're operating safely.

We all want our roads to be safe as possible and we all want to go home safely at the end of the working day. Play your part by making sure that everything you carry is secured and the vehicles you load are safe and legal before they set off.

Load securing: vehicle operator guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

HSE: Information about health and safety at work

Fay WilemanWarwickshire Road Safety Partnership CoordinatorTraffic and Road Safety GroupCommunitiesWarwickshire County CouncilMobile: 07825025810Email: faywileman@warwickshire.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:23 by Helen Denton-Stacey

Temporary Road Closure of Montilo Lane, Pailton from 24/11/21 to 26/11/21

Temporary Road Closure of Montilo Lane, Pailton from 24/11/21 to 26/11/21

Temporary Road Closure of Montilo Lane, Pailton from 24/11/21 to 26/11/21

Please find attached the proposed diversion for the above road closure from 24/11/21to 26/11/21 to enable essential utility works to be carried out.

The emergency services will be informed and the contractor will notify residents and businesses directly affected by the closure.

Kind regards

Richard Elbourne

Network Coordination Road Closures Technician ‚Äč More »

Network Management

Environment Services

Communities Directorate

Warwickshire County Council

Tel: 01926 414018Email : roadclosures@warwickshire.gov.ukwww.warwickshire.gov.uk


Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order details as indicated below:

Effect of Order


Montilo Lane closed to vehicular traffic between its junctions with Churchover Lane and Lutterworth Road.

Reason for Order


To enable essential utility works.

Order Effective from: 24 November 2021 for up to 18 months or until works are completed, whichever is the sooner.

Anticipated Completion Date: 26 November 2021.

Access & Diversion:

An alternative route will be signed and is available via Montilo Lane, Lutterworth Road, Rugby Road, M6 from J2 To J1 S and vice versa.

Vehicular access & egress will be maintained where possible

Contractor: For Severn Trent Water, Morrison Utility Services Tel: 07850 207 579.

To report any problems with these works or for further details of our current & planned roadworks visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadworksmap or call us 01926 412515.

S Duxbury, Assistant Director of Governance & Policy,
Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL.

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Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:56 by Helen Denton-Stacey

Bullet Points of Pailton Parish Council Meeting held Monday 27th September 2021

Bullet Points of Pailton Parish Council Meeting held Monday 27th September 2021

· Complaints are being investigated by Environmental Health regarding the foul stench from the Pig Farm.

· The debris left on the roads from recent harvests will be swept once the Borough Council are able to supply a road sweeper driver, due to staff shortages.

· Warwickshire County Council are encouraging all 16-17 year olds to be vaccinated for Covid 19. More »

· A new dementia awareness campaign has been launched and details are available on www.warwickshirecountycouncil.gov.uk

· The County Council property company is now established, with a recovery investment fund open of 146million allocated to local businesses/ start ups and community ventures.

· The faded white lines around the village are due to be refreshed, this will include all of the road markings within the village and is scheduled. Additional works for road signage and traffic calming will be carried out also.

· The Borough Council have held a Climate Change Summit, more details are to be released.

· A Rugby Town Centre Strategy Consultation is to open on 30th September, residents are encouraged to voice their views on www.rugby.gov.uk

· The village hall upcoming events are as follows:

2nd October Saturday Café

17th October Autumnal Cream Tea

6th November Saturday Café

11th December Children's Xmas Party

The post office continues to operate on Thursday's

· Planning Applications and Decisions for Consideration:

R20/0259 The HGV facility has been extended 5 times and is now extended to 17th December.

R20/0914 23 Lutterworth Road has now applied for works to land at rear, Councillors are to look at application and respond to Clerk as soon as possible as deadline is 22nd October.

R21/0376 Telephone exchange, Coventry Road has been approved at planning committee meeting with 10 for 2 against.

R21/0537 Radio Station, Montillo Lane 10 dwellings, Councillors to respond to Clerk before deadline of 13th October.

· The White Lion is no longer listed as a community asset as the Parish Council have purchased the building and secured its future, this topic will be added to the next agenda for Councillors to discuss if other areas of the village need to be listed.

· A routing strategy consultation is in place and residents are encouraged to respond. This is the Highways England strategic routing map online at www.rugby.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:27 by Helen Denton-Stacey