New partnership formed to improve construction vehicle safety
A new alliance of construction bodies is being tasked with developing CLOCS, the award-winning standard for improving the road safety of construction vehicles, into a nationwide initiative.
First developed by Transport for London (TfL), CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) brings together developers, construction companies, operators, vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies to enhance the road safety culture across the construction industry.
CLOCS was developed in response to research which showed that construction vehicles were responsible for a disproportionately high number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities involving HGVs in London.
CLOCS comprises three main streams: improving vehicle design, addressing the imbalance between on-site and on-road safety, and encouraging wider adoption of best practise through a national standard.
In December 2015, CLOCS picked up the top accolade - The Prince’s Premier Award - at the annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards ceremony.
The new alliance, led by the construction sector consultancy SECBE, has been set up to promote and expand CLOCS across the UK.
Derek Rees, SECBE chief executive, said: “By becoming a CLOCS Champion, those responsible for construction can demonstrate their commitment to protecting employees and members of the public, within and beyond the hoardings.
“Working in partnership, we will be able to engage with the whole industry to ensure a road safety culture and common standard are embedded right through the supply chain.”
Ian Wainwright, head of freight and fleet at TfL, said: “We’re delighted with the (construction) industry’s enthusiastic response to adopting work related road risk, which will help to drive the CLOCS safety standard throughout construction supply chains.
“All road users should consider each other and as these companies – ranging from developers, associations, local and international hauliers - take responsibility for their work related road risk, the streets will become safer for everyone.”