Jointly compiled by the executive, national assembly for Wales and DTLR, the revised edition of Safety at Street Works and Road Works aims to ensure a consistent and safe approach to signing, lighting and guarding of works.
Transport minister Sarah Boyack said:
'Safety at road works is a key issue for both operators and the public and following this code will make life easier and safer for all road users.
'The guidance in this new edition is clearer and more explicit and deals with a wider range of situations, such as carrying out work near level crossings. It also emphasises that contractors should keep the public informed, using additional on-site information, about what is being carried out and how long work will last.
'This code is another example of the executive's commitment to improving all aspects of road safety and will ensure that utility companies, roads authorities and others involved in work on Scotland's road will have to meet high safety standards.'
The new edition of the code (ISBN No 0 11 551958 0) will come into force on February 1, 2002, and are available on the DTLR website. It replaces the existing code which was issued in 1993.
Utility companies - including gas, water, telecommunications, electricity and cable companies - have statutory rights to place equipment in roads. Section 124 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 requires utility companies and others carrying out works in the road to comply with a code of practice giving practical guidance on signing, lighting and guarding sites where works are in progress. Roads authorities are strongly recommended to comply with the code for their own works.