A practice note giving advice on how planners can help reduce collisions involving vehicles on route to construction sites and vulnerable road users has been launched today.
‘Planning for Construction Safety’ stresses the importance and potential benefits of the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) ‘Standard’ – a common road safety framework for use by the construction industry which aims to make roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Speaking at the CLOCS Conference 2019, RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills (pictured with CLOCS Project Director Derek Rees) said that the practice note would help planners across the UK mitigate the negative impacts that construction vehicles have not only on road safety, but also the local environment and congestion.
She said:“We’re really excited by the launch of this practice note which explains the CLOCS Standard and provides a roadmap for planners to implement it into their planning policy and permissions.
“The CLOCS Standard is the only one seriously addressing construction traffic safety in the UK at the moment. By making it a requirement of the planning process, mutual benefits can be created for all parties, including planners, developers and fleet operators, ensuring that construction-related vehicles operate in the safest way with minimal local impact.”
The RTPI says that implementing the standard will help reduce the road deaths that result from unchecked construction traffic - in 2016, 463 people were killed or seriously injured from collisions involving heavy goods vehicles on UK roads, and 38 per cent of these incidents involved construction-specific heavy goods vehicles.
As well as detailed advice on how to specifically implement CLOCS into the planning process, the practice note also looks at the experiences of a number of planning authorities in London who have already implemented the standard.
Although CLOCS has only been adopted so far by authorities in the capital, the RTPI says that it hopes that it will be rolled out across the UK in the coming months.
Download the practice note here