It is the responsibility of forest owners or their agents to refer to the agreed routes map to determine the status of the roads serving the forest and, where indicated, to consult with the local authority to agree conditions of use. This requires positive action by the forest owner or agent and should be done well in advance of any harvesting. Do not assume that just because the local authority has made no mention of roads in response to forest plan scoping or an application for a felling license that there are no constraints to timber haulage!
The owner (or agent) should advise potential timber buyers of any restrictions or requirements relating to the haulage route. Where restrictions may apply, timber buyers and harvesting managers should themselves liaise with the local authority to confirm the agreed conditions of use and to notify the council of planned periods of harvesting and haulage. Contracts with timber hauliers should specify adherence to traffic management regimes that have been agreed and drivers must be informed and trained where necessary.
The Good Practice Guide sets out the Forum's partnership approach to timber transport and provides more detail on the responsibilities of owners, buyers, agents, hauliers and local authorities.
Some timber transport groups have more specific local protocols and consultation procedures.