The Timber Transport Forum Good Practice Guides can be downloaded from this page.
The Road Haulage of Round Timber Code of Practice 2012 provides an overview of the technical and legal issues relating to road haulage. It is aimed at those directly involved in the transport of timber by road and the management of timber haulage. It covers stacking timber, the use of forest roads, loading logs, securing loads and unloading. A lower resolution copy of the Code of Practice can be downloaded here. A higher resolution electronic version and printed copies are available free from the Timber Transport Forum.
Strapping of Round Timber Loads (Illustration) This poster illustrates typical strapping of typical loads.
Transport Timber on Public Roads; Consultation and Engagement Guidance (Scotland) 2019
This guidance sets out the voluntary protocol for engaging with local authorities over use of the public roads in Scotland for timber transport and for liaising and consulting with community councils where required. The responsibilities of the landowner, agent and forestry work manager are cleary identified at each stage. The guidance also describes where Timber Traffic Management Plans may be appropriate. The guidance is specific to Scotland.
Loading Timber from Roadside Forests 2016 sets out good practice relating to the use of public roads and adjacent verges for forest harvesting operations - specifically the stacking of round timber and the loading of timber haulage vehicles. Under normal circumstances the public road should not be used for forestry harvesting operations. Where this is necessary it must be done with the formal permission of the relevant authority while managing operator and public safety.
The Good Practice Guide on Managing Timber Transport 2012 sets out the partnership approach of the Forum and the Timber Transport Groups to resolving timber transport problems and is aimed at local authority road managers, timber haulage managers, forest owners and agents. The Forest Industry Transport Group in Ireland has produced a similar but more comprehensive Good Practice Guide.
Tread Softly; Lower Impact Vehicles for Timber Haulage 2014 explains the limitations of forest and public roads and describes the range of haulage vehicles used in timber transport. It focuses on lorry and axle configurations, wheels, tyres and tyre pressure control systems and considers where these may be usefully incorporated into timber haulage. Printed copies of the report are available for free from the Timber Transport Forum.
The Wait a Minute campaign aims to discourage timber hauliers from driving in convoy on fragile or busy roads. On fragile roads, leaving an interval between lorries allows the road to recover, reducing the risk of damage and generally it is less daunting for pedestrians and motorists to pass or overtake one timber lorry at a time.
The UK Forestry Standard refers to the role of the Timber Transport Forum and the UK Woodland Assurance Standard highlights the Forum’s good practice. The UKWAS expects that owners/managers shall mitigate the health and safety and wider impacts of timber traffic on local people: for larger woods there should be documented evidence that the actual and potential impacts of operations on local people have been considered, particularly in and around the woodland, and steps taken to mitigate them.