23 March 2016

Become a CLOCS Champion and Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Build UK has launched a campaign in support of the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Programme to reduce the number of incidents involving construction vehicles and vulnerable road users. ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ provides guidance for all those involved in the industry on signing up as CLOCS Champions to show that they understand their responsibilities on road safety.

With 40% of cyclist fatalities in London between 2011 and 2014 involving construction HGVs, Transport for London worked with the industry to publish the CLOCS Standard for managing work-related road risk and protecting cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

Addressing 185 senior industry figures at the CLOCS Conference & Exhibition on 23 March, Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol set out how Build UK will be working with members to support CLOCS as the recognised industry standard.   The ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ campaign includes a practical guide on Becoming a CLOCS Champion and a series of posters setting out the roles of clients, Main and Specialist Contractors and fleet operators when it comes to protecting vulnerable road users. 

To become a CLOCS Champion, organisations should follow this simple 5-step process:

1. Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CLOCS Scheme

2. Review internal policy and update procurement contracts

3. Communicate CLOCS requirements to stakeholders

4. Roll-out CLOCS Standard within your operations

5. Comply with CLOCS on your projects and sites on an on-going basis.

A number of Build UK members have already signed up as CLOCS Champions including Mace, whose Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Construction Mark Castle said:

“Mace is committed to improving cycle safety and has been working with TfL to develop the CLOCS programme since 2013. I’m very pleased to see that Build UK is promoting CLOCS as the recognised industry standard and will be supporting its members to sign up as CLOCS Champions; the industry needs to work together to improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”

To find out more about CLOCS, visit the CLOCS website. A list of Build UK members that have signed up as CLOCS Champions can be found on the Build UK website.