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    WEBSITE TO IMPROVE VUNERABLE ROAD USER SAFETY

    Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) goes on-line

    The new Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) website showcases work being undertaken by key stakeholders in the construction logistics, developer and vehicle manufacturing sectors to improve road safety for vulnerable road users (VRU) such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.

    Work undertaken so far includes the production of the ‘Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk’. Developed by an industry working group the Standard draws together a number of industry safety guidelines and blends them into one standard for the construction industry making it easier to ensure that all companies comply.

    Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive, Mineral Products Association said:

    “CLOCS brings together over 60 organisations from the construction logistics industry, developers, vehicle manufacturers and regulators to revolutionise the management of work related road risk and embed a road safety culture across the industry as the UK’s population and economy grows.

    The new CLOCS website will play a vital role in giving the construction community access to essential information, guidance and support on the management of work related road safety.”

    Safety goes beyond site boundary

    The construction industry led standard is described as a “ground breaking move” to ensure that safety considerations no longer end at the construction site boundary but extends to all parts of the construction process.

    Along with a number of major UK developers, TfL, the GLA and Crossrail and their supply chains have all signed up to the standard and both the Mayor and TfL will be championing the standard as part of their wider work to improve road safety for all.

    CLOCS is the result of an independent review commissioned by Transport for London in 2012 of the construction sector’s transport activities to understand the causes of collisions with cyclists and how they may be prevented. The resulting report found:

    • Blind spots on construction vehicles are larger than general haulage vehicles
    • Road safety was not considered equal to health and safety on-site
    • There was no common standard for the industry to work to in order to manage work related road safety

    The industry is committed to change and identified actions to improve road safety for VRUs which are being delivered through three Work Streams.

    The CLOCS website features the work currently being undertaken by the programme and provides the CLOCS ‘community’ with regular progress updates, latest news and guidance.

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