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Driver Training

Being able to understand and anticipate other road users plays a key role in keeping us all safe. This is particularly vital for professional drivers, including those in the biggest lorries.

Cycle Training

Training drivers, particularly professional ones in the biggest vehicles, is the priority to make London’s roads and cycling on them safer and better. But more training on how to cycle is always a good idea too. For more on cycle training, see our advice section

Safety standards and training for lorry drivers

The two safety standards for the freight and construction sectors are the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction, Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS). Both were strongly backed by LCC and are now widespread in London. LCC continues to lobby so all London boroughs to adopt both standards and make them compulsory for contractors.

The standards require safety features on vehicles, training for drivers and supervision by marshals outside construction sites. Government-backed Safer Urban Driving (SUD) courses include on-bike experience so that lorry drivers can learn to understand and anticipate cyclist movements, like cycling away from car doors to reduce the risk of a collision.

FORS

You will see FORS stickers on both lorries and work sites. Requirements of membership include vehicle safety equipment, driver license checks and training, working hours and safety procedures, and loading and unloading processes. Many London worksites require contractors to be Silver-rated or above, including often on-bike driver awareness raining, vehicles with extra safety measures and more.

CLOCS

Following a series of fatal lorry collisions with cyclists in 2012, and LCC vigils and protests, one of the outcomes LCC pushed for from TfL was the CLOCS standard. CLOCS members must undergo regular site inspections and fit vehicle safety measures such as mirrors and cameras, and all drivers must pass a Safer Urban Driving module, plus all sites must be marshaled. If your borough doesn’t yet require CLOCS on sites and FORS for their contractors, work with your local borough group to push them to do so.

SUD

Government approved SUD training is one of the options for the mandatory professional training lorry drivers have to do. More than 50,000 drivers, mostly London-based, have now completed SUD. Drivers consistently praise the training, which includes on-bike experience, to help lorry drivers understand and anticipate how cyclists behave on roads. LCC has championed SUD since its inception and we welcome its inclusion in both the safety standards for lorry operators FORS and CLOCS.

Brush Up On Your Cycle Skills

Most London boroughs offer free or subsidised cycle training with qualified cycle trainers. session can be for adults or children, one on one or in small groups.

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