Last year, Transport for London (TfL) encouraged cities outside of the capital to adopt the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Standard (CLOCS) ahead of predicted growth in the numbers of cyclists and pedestrians in urban areas.
So which UK cities have recognised the need to adopt CLOCS in a bid to reduce work-related road risk (WRRR)?
CLOCS was launched around 4 years ago and is designed to transform the way the construction sector prioritises road risk alongside site safety.
Research found that around 35% of cyclists and pedestrian fatalities involve HGVs in London. In a response to this, Transport for London developed a CLOCS standard. Since then, it has now branched out into other cities to become a national standard.
The CLOCS National Standard requires vehicles to be fitted with additional safety equipment, including sideguards, mirrors, camera and sensor systems and left-turn audible alarms, as a minimum. It also requires that drivers are sufficiently trained and that there are management systems in place to address safety on sites.
Is your city next?
CLOCS is already being used across over 5,000 sites, with over 450 member companies. Their vision is for it to be implemented nationwide and they have called for the construction industry to recognise its responsibilities for vehicles and drivers delivering to and collecting from construction sites.
Transport for London has made good progress in working with the industry to embed the CLOCS Standard across Greater London. Most recently, Camden became the first London borough to become a CLOCS champion.
A full list of CLOCS champions can be seen here.
Cambridgeshire County Council has adopted CLOCS and it’s anticipated that Great Manchester is likely to follow suit in the near future.
Last year, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced it was looking to encourage uptake of CLOCS across the city region. A spokesman for TfGM said:
“We’re looking to incorporate the CLOCS standard in our own procurement and tender procedures as soon as possible, which will require a significant number of changes to our current operating arrangements.”
“Within this standard, operators are required to demonstrate that they have appropriate safety management arrangements in place, for example through membership of an accreditation scheme such as FORS or an equivalent.”
While there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, it is clear that TfGM are keen to encourage the adoption of the CLOCS standards by freight and logistics operators to reduce accidents between larger vehicles and vulnerable road users such as cyclists.
As Derek Rees, SECBE Chief Executive and CLOCS Project Director, said: “CLOC is having an effect – accidents are reducing slightly even though construction activity has increased.
Therefore, councils are beginning to adopt CLOCS as a minimum framework as a way to address traffic congestion and emissions, and the accompanying safety issues that these present.”
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