"It is the responsibility of hauliers to satisfy themselves that their own escort personnel are sufficiently competent to undertake the task of escorting abnormal loads. Competent means that they are suitably trained and qualified for the role."
Where a subcontractor is employed the operator should ensure that the subcontractor and their staff are competent, through training and assessment for the role." 1
"Competence is the ability to undertake responsibilities and perform activities to a recognised standard on a regular basis. It combines practical and thinking skills, knowledge and experience." 2
1Approved Code of Practice, Lighting & Marking for Abnormal Load Self-escorting vehicles incorporating Operating Guidance
2As defined under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)
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The Heavy Transport Association,