Project: Recovery Vehicles: Assessment of Current Practice

Reference: S050F/VE

Last update: 24/09/2004 14:34:08


The project objective is to make recommendations for new or revised legislation to minimise environmental damage, road congestion and maximise safety.


This project will assess the environmental and safety implications of current practices used for the recovery of disabled heavy vehicles.


Defence Research Agency
Armour, Combat Engineering and Specialist Vehicle Systems, Land Systems Sector, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0EE
+44 (0)1344 633415

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £85,000.00

Actual start date: 01 November 1994

Actual completion date: 30 May 1996


DRA/LSF3/CR96/012/2.0 Heavy Recovery Vehicles: Assessment of Current Practice. Final Report
Author: DRA
Publication date: 29/04/1996
Source: Contact:

Summary of results

  1. Following a think tank and feasibility study the contractor compared legislation with current practices, considered road damage, bridge damage, congestion, safety issues and assessed levels of risk.

    The report recommended that certain changes to legislation be considered including road speed limitations, braking performance, vehicle weights and the introduction of new legislation under Special Type General Orders. Further, annual testing together with a DoT Code of Practice for recovery vehicles should be considered.