Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme

Organisation: Transport for London
Date uploaded: 24th November 2015
Date published/launched: February 2013

Between 2008 and 2013, 55% of cyclist fatalities in London involved a heavy goods vehicle. A disproportionate number of these were construction vehicles.In 2012 Transport for London commissioned an independent review of the construction sector’s transport activities to understand the causes of these collisions and how they might be prevented.

The resulting ‘Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety’ (CLOCS) report was published in February 2013 by Transport Research Laboratory. The report found that:

• Blind spots on construction vehicles could be larger than general haulage vehicles
• Road safety was not considered in same way as health and safety on-site
• There was little understanding of the impact of construction activity on road safety
• There was no common standard for the industry to work to in order to manage work related road safety

In response, the construction logistics industry demonstrated its commitment to change and identified actions under three work streams to improve road safety. CLOCS brings together the construction logistics industry 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.

CLOCS membership has grown to more than 200 companies (Nov 2015), delivering safer vehicle designs and a common national standard – despite being less than three years old.

The consistent standard makes it simpler for construction clients to use their buying power to ensure road risk is managed throughout supply chains across the country.

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