The annual conference and exhibition on 14th March in London visibly demonstrated the strong and growing commitment by the 400 existing and potential CLOCS Champions to taking individual and collective action to eliminate injury by HGVs to Vulnerable Road Users.
The conference heard Mike Brown (London’s Transport Commissioner) applaud the progress and growing commitment, note the important name change of CLOCS to Community Safety, recognise the unacceptable killing or seriously injury by HGVs of +500 pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists every year across the UK, and so challenged/urged every city council and local authority to adopt the CLOCS national standard in procurement and planning policies that also address air quality, congestion and obesity. Derek Rees (CLOCS Project Director and CEO of SECBE) set out a clear vision and strategy that will ensure CLOCS operates everywhere across the UK, is effective through each CLOCS Champion’s own implementation plans, and that is driven to continuous improvement by data. Seemingly diverse, Northumberland County Council and London’s Camden Council demonstrated they share the same challenges and ambition to eliminate Vulnerable Road User injury & death through embedding CLOCS in planning and procurement clauses. Land Securities and LHC set out how responsible progressive procurement in both the public and private sectors enables and rewards the safest contractors and fleet operators to invest in their people, vehicles and sites to eliminate injury through training and investment. Mace and the Considerate Contractors Scheme went on to demonstrate how contractors can and must create the ground conditions and importantly gate checks to ensure only compliant firms deliver/collect from sites. TfL summarised the proposed Direct Vision Standard under consultation until 18th April, noting many UK and European cities are considering its adoption. Together these speaker and the audience responses through e-voting demonstrated that CLOCS has already gone national and is will over time succeed in eliminating injury through individual & collaborative action.
Conference Speakers Presentations:
- Derek Rees – Chief Executive, SECBE. ‘Driving demand and implementation of the national CLOCS standard across the UK.’
- Maxim Lyne – Cycle Safety and Contracts Officer, London Borough of Camden. ‘CLOCS Monitoring and Enforcement Trial.‘
- Greg Gavin and Kate Cairns – Head of Neighbourhood services, Northumberland County Council, County Councillor respectively. ‘CLOCS Beyond London.‘
- Clive Johnson – Group Head of Health and Safety, Land Securities. ‘Providing a Healthier, Safer and Secure Experience.‘
- Tim Oakley – Head of Consultancy, LHC procurement framework. ‘Improving Community Safety through procurement practice and process.‘
- Mike Petter – Director, CCS. ‘CLOCS and CCS.‘
- Tony Blackledge – Construction Director, Mace Group. ‘CLOCS The Plan.’
- Hannah White – Programme Manager, Transport for London. ‘Direct Vision Standard.‘
- Jo Edwards – Associate, AECOM. ‘Minimum Site Standards for HGVs.‘
- Glen Davies – CILT. ‘CLOCS Champion:CPD workshops.‘
- Stewart Dring – LCC. ‘Lorry Safety Campaign.‘
- Nigel Jackson – MPA. ‘CLOCS MPA Approach.‘
- Amy Aeron-Thomas – RoadPeace. ‘Learning from Loss.‘
In parallel to the conference, the exhibition of 24 different HGVs (incl. some also addressing low emissions) demonstrated existing and emerging best practice to improve visibility of VRUs for drivers. It also had over 40 other exhibitors of various technologies and solutions for construction clients/contractors and fleet operators to help them ensure every reasonable action is taken to protect Vulnerable Road Users whilst being increasingly successful in competitive markets.