You might have missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago by the Transport Secretary that a new ‘snow code’ is to be introduced, following last winter’s snow disruption.
The code will encourage homeowners and shopkeepers alike to “take common-sense action” to clear away snowfall which last year cost the UK £1 billion in disruption, without the fear of ‘falling foul of legal action’.
Ministers say many people were put off clearing snow by the ‘worry of being sued’ if someone fell etc because they’d cleared a path or pavement.
The report also highlighted improvements that could be made in road grit logistics to help ensure there is enough supply for the worst of winters.
It also said Rail companies should make better use of contingency time-tables and de-ice more trains. Aviation bosses were also told to ensure airlines and airports had sufficient de-icer and to keep passengers better informed.
Hoorah! A victory for common-sense over crippling health & safety laws.
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