The Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) – Australia (CLOCS-A) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) welcomes five new partners.

The CLOCS-A MoU Steering Group (SG) is proud to announce it is expanding to include two new partners with Bicycle Queensland upgrading from a Supporting Partner (SP) and the addition of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB).

Joining as SP’s the SG would like to welcome Bicycle NSW, Hanson, SGESCO and Sutherland Shire Council.

Bicycle NSW is the peak advocacy body for bike riders in New South Wales and is the second cycling association to join the MoU.

Hanson is the first major concrete, aggregates and precast company to join the MoU. Hanson featured as a major industry champion for CLOCS in the December Webinar: Adapting UK’s Construction Logistics and Community Safety Initiative to Australia. Hanson was part of Transport for London’s MoU in 2014 when they originally set out to develop CLOCS.

Sutherland Shire Council becomes the first local government in New South Wales to join the MoU and the second council joining Victoria’s Mount Baw Baw Shire Council.

SGESCO becomes the first heavy vehicle technology partner to join the MoU. SGESCO seeks to develop safety technology solutions to industry problems such a vehicle rollaway within the waste sector.

The goal of the MoU is to convene a diverse group of partners who can collaborate, co-design and adapt CLOCS to Australia. The growing MoU partner base highlights exactly that and the SG wants to continue to grow the support base.

Those involved in the MoU are leaders who are keen to help share the responsibility for road safety and reduce vulnerable road user deaths and injuries as a result of interactions with trucks. This is not about allocating blame to any group but recognising that people make mistakes, and by working together we can ensure that those mistakes are not life changing.

The next major step is on 27 May, a 2-hour virtual CLOCS-A planning workshop will take place which will formalise Technical Groups, their Chairs, Terms of Reference and explore the draft CLOCS-A standards and governance structure. The SG invites other organisations to join the MoU or be part of the planning workshop. The Technical Groups include:

  • Safer Vehicles, Chaired by Michael Chan of Victorian Department of Transport and will identify what safety features should be included on trucks to align with CLOCS and protect vulnerable road users.
  • Driver Requirements, Chaired by Amelia Cavanagh – Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) and will identify the complexities relating to driving a truck in an urban environment that is servicing construction projects. Once these risks and mitigations are understood, the Technical Group will explore how to engage truck drivers to establish low risk behaviour.
  • Logistics Operations Requirements, Chaired by Dr Kim Hassall – CILTA and will explore how to efficiently and safely manage the movement of trucks on and off major construction sites.
  • Communications Engagement and Advocacy, Chaired by Melissa Weller – ATA and will engage with all road users groups, in particular vulnerable road users, to help them share the responsibility for safe interactions with construction related vehicles.

For more information on the CLOCS-A MoU or the planning day please contact the Chair of the CLOCS-A Steering Group Chair Person Jerome Carslake on 0429 009998 or by email Jerome.Carslake@monash.edu