Friday, January 2, 2015

Road Haulage Operators and Drivers Get Timely Reminder from Freight Association

With Wintry Conditions Descending There is No Excuse Not to Stay Abreast of What's Happening
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UK – With news stories few and far between as the country remains closed for business this week, a timely reminder from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as night time temperatures plunge to as low as -9°C, regarding precautions and techniques required by road haulage operators to reduce the risk of problems when driving in wintry conditions.

The FTA offers excellent advice on HGV driving in snow and ice (which can be seen here), plus a link dedicated to up to date traffic and weather alerts (here), a service covering all the home countries individually. FTA members can also sign up to an email alert service ensuring they are kept posted automatically as to current road conditions.

The FTA is in direct communication with the Highways Agency's National Traffic Control Centre and the Met Office, receiving up-to-date weather forecasts for the UK road network, and the first Traffic Update email of each day gives a weather report for that day, overnight and the following day. This traffic service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that vital amber and red winter weather alerts are delivered to FTA members as they are issued.

The two tone alerts simplify the message to HGV drivers and operators, Amber, make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for severe weather, keep up to date with local weather conditions and if possible use a different route to avoid the area of severe weather. Red, goods vehicles should find a safe place to park up and wait until the status is reduced to Amber.