To prescribe the rules for giving and responding to handsignals used in the Network.
Handsignals must be given:
- in a clear and timely manner, and
- so that they will be received and acted upon only by those who are being signalled.
A Handsignaller must:
- be in or have access to a safe place, and
- be in clear view of those who are being signalled, and
- as required, have effective communication with Signallers or Protection Officers.
Responding to handsignals
If the meaning of a handsignal is not understood, Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must stop to find out the meaning.
Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must:
- obey handsignals, and
- acknowledge handsignals other than shunting handsignals.
Handsignals must be given using:
- flags or hands during daylight, and
- lights during darkness and low visibility.
A handsignal must be continued:
- for the PROCEED and CAUTION handsignal, until the cab of the leading rail vehicle has passed the Handsignaller, and
- for STOP handsignals, until the rail traffic has stopped.
If at a signal, a Handsignaller must:
- be able to see whether the signal is at STOP, and
- if rail traffic is required to stop, give a STOP handsignal until rail traffic has stopped.
If the signal being held at STOP clears, the Handsignaller must:
- tell the Signaller to set the signal at STOP, and
- tell the Protection Officer, if provided.
A Handsignaller must stand well away from signals if:
- rail traffic is not required to stop, or
- not signalling at a signal.
Drivers and Track Vehicle Operators must stop their trains or track vehicles if they, or other crew members, receive a STOP handsignal given by:
- a red flag, or
- a red light, or
- both hands held high.
ALL CLEAR handsignals
Drivers or Track Vehicle Operators must sound the whistle to acknowledge an ALL CLEAR handsignal given by:
- a white light, or
- one hand held high.
Drivers or Track Vehicle Operators must stop their trains or track vehicles immediately if they, or other crew members, receive a DANGER handsignal given by vigorous waving of arms, a flag or a light.
The following diagrams show the handsignals that must be used in the Network.
PROCEED AT CAUTION
PROCEED AT NORMAL SPEED
ALL CLEAR - I am aware of your approach.
Shunting handsignals must be given as necessary until the end of the planned movement.