Camden CLOCS up first in adopting safety initiative

Camden has become the first London borough to adopt the CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) initiative.

Camden Council says its decision to join CLOCS, which was the subject of a recent feature on the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) website, was based on a policy which prioritises sustainable forms of transport and seeks to minimise risk to road users.

Phil Jones, cabinet member for transport, said Camden takes a ‘proactive role in improving the safety of large vehicles’.

First developed by TfL, CLOCS brings together developers, construction companies, operators, vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies to enhance the road safety culture across the construction industry.

CLOCS was developed in response to research which showed that construction vehicles were responsible for a disproportionately high number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities involving HGVs in the Capital.

CLOCS comprises three main streams: improving vehicle design, addressing the imbalance between on-site and on-road safety, and encouraging wider adoption of best practise through a national standard.

Phil Jones told the LCC: “In Camden we take a proactive role in improving the safety of large vehicles travelling through our borough and London.

“We have also used the opportunity to introduce changes to our procurement practices to include stringent road safety requirements, as well as via our planning process to ensure safer vehicle operation on construction projects in the borough.

“This means we are the first borough to monitor and spot check compliance for safety equipment on large vehicles as well as driver training and accreditation.”

In December 2015, CLOCS picked up the top accolade – The Prince’s Premier Award – at the annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards ceremony. CLOCS has also been adopted by the City of London Corporation.

11 April 2017