The off-highway sector encompasses a broad range of industries including mining, quarrying, agriculture, construction, and ports and airports. Automated vehicle technology has become commonplace within some of these industries, bringing with it many benefits for safety, efficiency and productivit. But it is important to keep in mind that the transition to new working practices should be carefully managed to ensure that unintended safety consequences do not cancel out the potential benefits.
This draft code of practice seeks to provide top level guidance to organisations, in all sectors of the off-highway industry, on the ways in which working practices should be adapted to ensure that the adoption of automation is as smooth and safe as possible. The code is applicable to the broad range of environments in which off-highway vehicles are used and the different demands and risks of using automation in those settings. The aim is that this code will support safe practice, build public confidence and support the cooperation between organisations across all industries employing off-highway automated vehicles.
TRL would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who gave time to support development of this draft, their help has been invaluable.