Chapter 8 is the colloquial name given to traffic management livery on vans and road maintenance vehicles.
The name comes from the Traffic Signs Manual. Chapter 8 of the manual deals with temporary signs and safety measures, and so covers the type of markings vans and other vehicles require when operating on the road.
Chapter 8 regulations are designed to ensure both workers and the public are not put at risk during road work operations. This means the signage must be visible for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders.
Traffic management regulations applies to all the various signs and barriers you may have seen while driving. From traffic cones to roadworks signs, from pedestrian and vehicle barriers to bollards and temporary lights, everything that might be in place during road operations needs to comply with the Chapter 8 rules.
If you work in a business sector that requires your van to be stationary on the road while working, your van will need to be liveried with Chapter 8 signage.
Sectors that this applies to include:
- Traffic management
- Breakdown repair and recovery
- Road sweeping
- Roadside tree work
While Chapter 8 was designed and created for roadside work, it has also been adopted for construction sites and other working environments as a way to make vehicles more visible. This is especially useful when using small vans and other vehicles around large plant machinery.
Full Chapter 8 livery on a van lease or pickup consists of three main components.
- Red and yellow chevrons on the rear of the vehicle.
- A reflective yellow stripe along the side of the vehicle.
- A flashing beacon light on the top of the vehicle.
In addition, maintenance vehicles require the text “HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE” on the rear.
There are variations to this basic requirement. The chevrons can be replaced by a solid block of reflective orange-red. The stripe along the side of the vehicle is not used in all cases. There are several types of beacon available, from the fitted 250mm LED beacon to smaller magnetic versions that can be attached and removed as required.
While Chapter 8 regulations are not actually legislation, companies are required to provide a safe working environment for their staff. The Chapter 8 legislations are an approved set of markings that keep your staff safe and protect your company in case of an incident.