What is Chapter 8 and its legal status? The use of chapter 8 compliant vehicle livery is considered DfT best practice and PVL recommend that any vehicles stopping on UK roads for works or inspection purposes should be compliant It is intended to provide a standard of good practice and is considered as the minimum requirement, which should always be achieved. Whilst Chapter 8 is not legislation, by not complying with these guidelines you are leaving yourself open to potential legal action should an accident happen involving your fleet. Officially the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 require all clients, employers and employees to establish and maintain safe systems of work. Chapter 8 may be considered as representing what is reasonably practicable for the enforcement of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978, and associated regulations. Chapter 8 sets out a code of practice to enable the legal requirements to be met in a wide variety of circumstances. Although it has no statutory force (except in Northern Ireland where an authorised officer for the Department may deem it to have such force); it should be noted that many of the basic principles contained in this document are also covered in the Safety at Street Works and Road Works – A Code of Practice, which has legal backing under Sections 65 and 124 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Article 25 of the Street Works (NI) Order 1995.
Here at Midland Signs and Graphics we conform with government guide lines to make sure your vehicle is legal on the public roads….