VULNERABLE ROAD USERS POLICY
RJC Low Loaders Ltd has established a Vulnerable Road Users Policy to demonstrate commitment to minimise the risk not only to our drivers but to the most vulnerable road users
Everyone has the right to travel on the road safely, whether by car, motorcycle, pedal cycle, horse or on foot. Drivers should take extra care to avoid collisions with vulnerable road users because a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider will always come off worse.
Vulnerable Road Users include:
How you can help pedestrians:
• Give them time and room to cross, especially the elderly or disabled.
Cyclists can be difficult to see, especially at junctions. They are also particularly vulnerable at roundabouts and are unable to move off quickly.
Be aware that cyclists may wobble, and are easily affected by side wind, when being overtaken. They may often ride away from the curb to avoid drains, potholes and debris and therefore adequate clearance between them and the vehicle is essential.
How you can help cyclists
Motorcyclists can be difficult to see, especially at junctions where they are often injured when cars have not noticed them and pull out.
Drivers should be aware that motorbikes are often travelling faster than you might think. They can also be affected by side wind when being overtaken.
How you can help motorcyclists
Horse riders prefer not to use the roads, but still need to reach bridleways and other off-road facilities and so you may encounter them on the road on their way to these places
How you can help horse riders
Following an Accident or incident
ALL PERSONNEL are responsible for reporting any accident, incident, near miss or close call in which they are involved or which they witness and for fully cooperating with any resultant investigation
A full investigation by our Transport office will be undertaken should an incident or accident occur as per our Accident & Incidents investigation procedure.
The Vulnerable Road Users Policy will be amended and brought up to date as necessary following improvement opportunities identified through implementation of the principals outlined above, changes to legislation and changes to scope, scale and nature of our operation. Any corrective and/or improvement measures will be implemented as soon as is reasonably practicable based upon the element of risk, timescale and cost involved.
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