28th October 2018 saw the end of the two-year transitionary period for Highways Authorities to move to the new ‘Well Managed Highways Infrastructure Code of Practice’ (the Code) for the management and maintenance of highways assets.
The Code does not set prescriptive intervention levels for defects or provide an associated hierarchy of response categories for repair. Instead, Highway Authorities (Road Authorities in Scotland) now have the freedom to set their own standards and investigatory criteria through the adoption of a ‘Risk Based Approach’ (RBA) and by giving consideration to local circumstances.
After the Code was launched in October 2016, RMP toured the country running a series of multi-client regional seminars and mock trial events to highlight the significant changes in approach promoted by the Code and to advise Highway Authorities on the possible implications, supporting them on their development of a risk based approach. During this period we were also working with our clients on a one-to-one basis to review Highways Asset Management Plans, Policies and Protocols to ensure they were adequately prepared to establish a robust defence should a claim be brought under the Code.
Although the deadline for adoption of the new Code has long since passed, RMP Risk Control recognises that central to the ethos of the code is continuous improvement and so we will be continuing to offer the following support services:
If you would like to discuss the support options available to your Highways Team please contact your Broker, RMP Risk Control Consultant or RMP Account Director.