Project: Abnormal Load & Recovery Vehicles: Annual Plating & Testing

Reference: S051F/VE

Last update: 05/12/2003 08:24:59

Objectives

The project objective is to assess the need for more stringent legislation for annual plating & testing of recovery and abnormal load vehicles.

Description

A feasibility study for the project is under way. Accident data has been established with 88 accidents involving abnormal load vehicles and 631 involving all types of recovery vehicle. The Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) are examining the feasibility and cost of special testing stations.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £129,650.00

Actual start date: 01 April 1995

Actual completion date: 30 June 1998

Publication(s)

PR/SE/397/98. Abnormal Load and Heavy Breakdown Vehicles: Annual Plating and Testing. Final Report
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/1998
Unpublished
Source: Contact: geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. This project concluded that a large proportion of the heavy recovery vehicles tested had defects, most of which would have failed an annual test, although the condition of Special Types General Order (STGO) vehicles was found to be good, with most not having any faults at all. The Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) are examining the feasibility and cost of special testing stations.

    Errors by other vehicle drivers were found to be a major factor in accidents, especially arising from lack of attention, failure to notice the STGO/recovery vehicle position or speed and misjudging the manouvre. For recovery vehicle accidents, lack of attention of the recovery driver, lack of attention or awareness of other road users (animals, cyclists and pedestrians) and excessive speed were also significant factors.