New highways code of practice published

The UK Roads Liaison Group has recently published the new Well-managed highways infrastructure: a code of practice. This Code, replacing the previous Well-maintained highways, Well-lit highways, and Management of highway structures codes, moves from specific guidance to a risk based approach, determined by each highway authority. This is a UK wide code and is to be implemented within two years of the date of publication.

For Alarm Members working within those authorities with highways responsibility, this is an opportunity to be involved in the shaping and drafting of your own highways internal maintenance plan. Implementing the recommendations of the new Code into internal plans may include new ways of conducting highways inspections, re-training of inspectors and different methods of recording inspections, defects and repair. Whatever working practices your authority adopts, there is a role for the risk and insurance lead in ensuring the internal plans are robust enough to mitigate the risk of failings in highway inspection and maintenance and to ensure claims can continue to be successfully defended.

View the new highways code of practice.