Technical Guides

Promoting best practice

As part of promoting best practice and improving safety standards the SOE has produced a series of Technical Guides.

Bus and Coach Tyre Maintenance (Best Practice Guide)
Produced by the North Western Maintenance Liaison Committee and supported by IRTE; the Best Practice Guide for Bus and Coach Tyre Maintenance offers advice on the best practice of fitting of tyres, use of tyres and the physical condition of tyres.

Improving Fuel Efficiency
This guide can be used to prepare the groundwork needed for a proper evaluation before purchase and/or fitment of an intervention can take place.

Maintenance Supplier Assessment
The IRTE’s maintenance supplier assessment guide is aimed at those who contract out the maintenance of their fleet. It advises on best practice procedures to ensure the maintenance facilities of workshops used are adequate for the type and number of vehicles undergoing work.

Mobile Off-site Working Guide
This Best Practice Guide aims to provide guidance to those working at locations other than their own company workshop, such as locations overseen by external organisations.

Preventing Falls and Falling Loads from Tail Lifts
This guide has been produced by the members of a Tail Lift Users Group, which included tail lift operators, manufacturers and HSE, to provide guidance for the prevention of falls and falling loads from tail lifts.

Roadworthiness: Industry Best Practice
The guide, written by the North Western Goods Vehicle Maintenance Liaison Committee and supported by North West Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell, is intended to assist vehicle operators and managers, regardless of fleet size, to improve their vehicle maintenance controls and standards.

Roadworthiness: Industry Best Practice for PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicles)
Produced with leading industry bodies, this guide gives advice on best practice so all passenger carrying vehicle operators can improve their vehicle maintenance controls and standards.

Safe Coupling & Uncoupling Guide
This updated guidance produced by a working group of the Transportation and Logistics Forum, chaired by the Health & Safety Executive; aims to assist employers, those who control sites where coupling and uncoupling is undertaken by users of large goods vehicles, managers, self-employed drivers and driver training bodies. It has been developed by industry as a good practice guide with the aim of reducing the likelihood of a runaway or rollaway incident.

Safe Working Practice for Open Top Tipping Bodies
This Code of Practice provides guidance on the law, explains why accidents occur, and illustrates the need for procedures to ensure accidents involving tipping vehicles do not occur.

Tail Lift Operators – a simple guide
This guide provides some basic information and highlights the user's legal responsibilities in the use, maintenance and examination of tail lifts. It is written in a simple question and answer format and is intended to be used as a basic guide to clarify current legislation that applies to tail lifts and tail lift manufacturers' recommendations.

Tachograph Systems Compliance (Best Practice Guide)
In this indispensable guide, Senior Tachograph Consultant, Gordon J F Humphreys, explains what firms need to do to protect their Operator’s Licence.

Tail Lift – Specification Guide for Road Vehicles
This guide, fully endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), is a no-nonsense publication which sums up the relevant information in tail lift regulations in an accessible and user-friendly manner. Produced in conjunction with the Ray Smith Group.

Tipper Stability Guide
This guide remains the only industry standard for tipper tilt testing in Europe and offers truck manufacturers and operators guidance for the safe use of tippers on uneven surfaces.

Vehicle Roll-over
This guide provides an understanding of how and why vehicle roll-overs occur, advising on best practice principles to avert the chances of roll-over.

Wheel Security - A best practice guide
The aim of this guide is to gain an understanding of why wheels become detached from vehicles and to provide best practice guidelines for drivers and vehicle maintenance staff on preventing wheel loss.