Additional safety measures around construction sites and construction vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0849
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the huge dangers construction sites and construction vehicles pose to pedestrians and cyclists, will you look at implementing additional measures such as temporary segregation around construction sites, lower speed limits and the type of additional safety measures which are in place on construction sites themselves but not in the surrounding areas? Will you also ensure that all of the recommendations in the 2013 Construction logistics and cyclist safety technical report are fully implemented?

Answer

Answer for Additional safety measures around construction sites and construction vehicles

Answer for Additional safety measures around construction sites and construction vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response to the Construction Logistics and Cyclists Safety (CLOCS) technical report, TfL launched the CLOCS programme to implement the report's 12 recommendations, either by itself or in partnership with the construction logistics industry. This programme brings together vehicle manufacturers, construction clients, fleet operators, cycling groups, regulatory and enforcement bodies and road safety charities to improve vehicle safety, ensure road safety is treated in the same way as site safety and to develop and roll out industry best practice.

In December 2013, I launched the programme's first output, the CLOCS Standard. This is the first single UK Standard for managing work related road risk across the construction sector. The standard requires better management of construction sites and delivery traffic, using mandatory Construction Logistics Plans to ensure safe access and egress to sites.

The standard is designed to be included in local authority planning conditions and construction logistics contracts. This twin track approach reduces the risk of collisions with vulnerable road users in a number of ways. Operators must be accredited to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), drivers must complete Safe Urban Driver training and blind spot safety equipment must be fitted to delivery vehicles.

Over 100 authorities and construction organisations are already implementing the CLOCS Standard including City of London and LB Camden, Crossrail Limited, TfL and major clients such as Thames Tideway Tunnel, Battersea Power Station, LendLease and Laing O'Rourke.

Other London boroughs now have a key role to play. I want to see all 33 London planning authorities using their powers to ensure that all construction companies building in London implement this important road safety initiative. Only the safest operators, using the safest routes to and from sites should be operating in London.

TfL has also been working with HGV manufacturers to encourage them to design safer trucks with lower cabs, increased direct vision and safety equipment fitted standard. Fourteen new vehicles were launched at last month's fourth CLOCS progress event at Excel and will now be trialled and evaluated in London this year.

In addition, TfL has been developing the Safer Lorry Scheme to improve the safety of all goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes operating in London and it will come into force in September 2015.  This will set a requirement for all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes entering London to be fitted with specified safety equipment and will fine those drivers whose vehicles do not comply.