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Certification without Complication

National Highways Sector Scheme 17/17B

The National Highways Sector Scheme 17 (NHSS 17) is in addition to PAS 43 and specifically addresses the following two areas :

  • Vehicle Recovery at Highway Construction Sites
  • Vehicle Recovery & Removal on Controlled Roads

It applies to those operators providing contracted vehicle removal and recovery at highway construction sites where a free recovery service is provided during construction work. Where applicable this includes highway maintenance and construction sites on motorways, high-speed dual carriageways and other roads as required by the Highways Agency, the Police and or Contractors and Managing Agents responsible for the work being carried out. It is also usually a Police requirement for the preservation of evidence and may therefore be applicable to operators providing SOCO bays for the Police.

Recovery Technicians working on one of these contracts must also be a ‘Certificated Roadside Operative’. In order to become certified they must undergo training in the relevant IVR training modules:

Certificated Recovery Operator (these are known as the core modules)

  • VR 01 Health and Safety
  • VR 02 Customer Service
  • VR 03 Assess the Roadside Situation

Light Vehicle Recovery (these are relevant to the type of work you are providing)

  • VR 04 Ancillary Equipment (Light Vehicle Recovery)
  • VR 05 Spectacle Frames (Light Vehicle Recovery)
  • VR 06 Transporters (Light Vehicle Recovery)
  • VR 07 Winching (Light Vehicle Recovery)

Heavy Vehicle Recovery (these are relevant to the type of work you are providing)

  • VR 14 Ancillary Equipment (Heavy Vehicle Recovery)
  • VR 13 Underlift
  • VR 14 Twin Boom
  • VR 15 Transporters (Heavy Vehicle Recovery)
  • VR 16 Winching (Heavy Vehicle Recovery)

Motorcycle Recovery (these are relevant to the type of work you are providing)

  • VR 08 Handling Motorcycles (Motorcycle Recovery)
  • VR 09 Ancillary Equipment (Motorcycle Recovery)
  • VR 10 Spectacle Frames (Motorcycle Recovery)
  • VR 11 Transporters (Motorcycle Recovery)

Additional Modules

  • VR 17 Lorry Loaders
  • VR 18 Air Cushions