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 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
To address this, CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) was born as the standard for construction logistics. The scheme focuses on three workstreams:
•Improving vehicle safety through the design and manufacture of safer new vehicles and fitting appropriate safety equipment to existing vehicles.
•Addressing the safety imbalance in the construction industry by ensuring road safety is recognised as being equal to health and safety on site.
•Encouraging wider adoption of best practice across the construction logistics industry through taking best in class examples, developing a common national Standard and embedding a new cultural norm
FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme)
While CLOCS is the national common standard for managing work related road risk which the construction industry can and should sign up to, FORS is the way freight operators can demonstrate their compliance. FORS has three accreditation levels:
•Bronze, which shows the fleet operator is lawful and following best practice
•Silver, awarded to fleet operators actively committing to improve safety, environmental impact and efficiency through a range of initiatives
•Gold, awarded to fleet operators providing evidence of improvements in safety, environmental impact and efficiency.