Update on car transporters legislation

23/12/08

 

 

Falls from car transporters, often from the upper decks, continue to occur and sometimes result in death or serious injuries.  After consultation with the industry, the Health and Safety Executive have now decided the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) will be applied to all car transporters.

 

When LOLER was introduced, a decision was made that it did not apply to car transporters because their lifting mechanisms were considered height adjustment devices, the HSE have since reviewed the position and consider that LOLER does apply to both new and existing vehicles. This change in policy means the industry must re-assess these vehicles as lifting machines and thorough examinations carried out by a competent person.

  

All car transporters should have an effective maintenance programme already in place, the main additional consequences of this decision will be: 

  • Each lifting deck should be marked with its safe working load, or information clearly indicating this should be available in the vehicle handbook.
  • Thorough examination will be needed for transporters following major refurbishment or repair and at intervals to detect deterioration arising from wear and tear. In practice the frequency of the periodic examination will depend on the views of the competent person but initial HSE view is that 12 monthly will often be appropriate.

  • For transporters being put into service for the first time, a declaration of conformity should be available from the final manufacturer for the transporter machinery as required by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 as amended. If the operator has received such declaration made not more than 12 months before the transporter is put into service then an initial examination is not required. Otherwise, an initial thorough examination is needed before the transporter is put into service for the first time. Although the vehicle itself, i.e. the tractor unit and trailer chassis is exempt from the Regulations, any moving or lifting parts on the transporter body are covered and strictly, a declaration will be needed for these.

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Our extensive nationwide network of over 400 highly qualified engineering surveyors ensure thorough examinations are carried out by a competent person, either in line with industry norms or specific schemes of examination.

 


 

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