The following description was taken from PACTS: Construction logistics and cyclist safety (CLOCS) submission of evidence
Between 2008 and 2013, 55 per cent 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 (TRL).
The CLOCS programme has brought together vehicle manufacturers, construction clients, fleet operators, regulatory and enforcement bodies and road safety charities to address the findings and recommendations made in the CLOCS report. Working groups were established in July 2013 to take the CLOCS research recommendations forward through three key work streams:
- Work stream 1: Improving vehicle safety through design and manufacture of safer new
vehicles and retrofitting of appropriate equipment to existing vehicles.
- Work stream 2: Addressing the safety imbalance ensuring road safety is considered as
important as workplace site safety.
- Work stream 3: Encouraging wider adoption of best practice across the construction
logistics industry through adopting best in class examples, developing a common set of
national standards for the industry and working to create a new ‘cultural norm’
CLOCS is an industry led programme which aims to fundamentally change the way the construction industry manages work related road safety, especially in relation to vulnerable road users: cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Whilst CLOCS is predominantly focussed on the construction sector, the findings and evidence regarding responsibility of transport safety can largely be considered of relevance across the transport industry as a whole.