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04 November 2020

MPA calls for caution on Highway Code changes

MPA has warned of the potential dangers to cyclists from overtaking heavy vehicles, including concrete mixers and HGVs, on the left, as proposed in the updated version of the Highway Code.

The proposed change to Rule 163 advises cyclists that they may pass slower moving or stationary traffic on either side. While the whole section advises caution, for cyclists, there is no mention of the significant extra level of care they should take around large, heavy vehicles. In their response to the consultation, MPA stressed that the dangers of this manoeuvre when passing such vehicles needed to be warned against clearly if the Government does press ahead.

MPA is a Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) Champion, representing members across the mineral products industry, who have made significant effort and improvements to safety, for cyclists. MPA members are all accredited either to ISO39001 or FORS, the two leading accreditations for fleet safety.

Robert McIlveen, Director of Public Affairs, said
“Our members have worked extremely hard to reduce the risk for cyclists – for example, all our members’ London fleets were compliant with the new Direct Vision Standard well in time for the original deadline, and members regularly took part in Exchanging Places events.

“So, it’s frustrating that this well-known risk has been underplayed in the proposed new version of the Highway Code. It’s really important that cyclists are aware of the risks of passing heavy vehicles, especially on the left, and at junctions.”

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About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 520 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement and lime production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements at Elizabeth.Clements@mineralproducts.org   ; tel: 07775 894 285.

   
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