As National Highways prepares to exhibit at the upcoming Plantworx Construction Exhibition, Marie Biddulph, Assistant Regional Road Safety Co-ordinator highlights the importance of following regulations for abnormal loads.
Marie spends her days promoting safety on the road network and emphasises the significance of load safety, especially for larger loads, which she will be demonstrating on the National Highways stand DK1 at Plantworx
Marie stresses the importance of drivers carrying out basic checks to ensure that their cargo is safe and secure, and that they are up-to-date with the latest guidelines and legislation. This is particularly crucial for operators carrying abnormal loads, the largest loads transported by road, who must familiarise themselves with the latest regulations and adhere to local restrictions.
Marie’s role involves speaking to drivers of all kinds of vehicles, including HGVs, commercial and private vehicles, motorcyclists, and those towing trailers or caravans, sharing important safety advice. She works closely with the police and DVSA partners, urging all drivers to keep up-to-date with current laws to prevent incidents from occurring.
For Marie, success in her job is not identifying those breaking the law but rather ensuring all vehicles travel safely and legally. She emphasises that National Highways is there to support road users and promote road safety. So, if you are ever unsure about anything, don’t take chances, take the time to plan and notify your route correctly, adhere to any local restrictions and travel within the appropriate speed limit for the weight you are carrying.
Marie said, “Safety is always the primary concern at National Highways. We’re not an enforcement agency, we are there to support road users and make our roads as safe as they can be. I want to share our appropriate safety advice, whatever that may be, to help everyone get home safe and sound.”
National Highways will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Plantworx Construction Exhibition which is taking place from the 13th – 15th June 2023 at the East of England Arena and Showground in Peterborough. Register now for complimentary your entry badge to the show