CLOCS, or Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety, is an initiative backed by Transport for London which aims to protect cyclists and other vulnerable road users from harm on the road.
The initiative first came into being when a TfL report was published suggesting that more should be done to prevent road accidents between members of the construction industry and cyclists.
The report showed that 55% of cyclist deaths in London involved a heavy goods vehicle and a number of these were construction vehicles. TfL called for an independent review into the construction industry’s transport activities to understand why the collisions occurred and how they could be prevented.
The resulting CLOCS report found that road safety was not considered in the same way that health and safety was on construction sites, blind spots could be larger on construction vehicles than on general large vehicles and there was little understanding and no common standard on the impact of the industry on road safety. CLOCS identified actions which could improve road safety and brings together the industry to manage work-related road risk.
Why safety initiatives are important
Initiatives like CLOCS can draw attention to the issues surrounding vulnerable road users like cyclists. Many drivers see cyclists as a nuisance on the roads but they have as much right to be there as any driver. Drivers should learn to show courtesy and respect for cyclists as they are more likely to be seriously injured in the event of an accident.
Drivers should also ensure that they keep a safe distance from cyclists to avoid potential crashes. Heavy vehicles used in the construction industry could have disastrous consequences if they hit a cyclist, therefore employers should be taking steps to train their drivers. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident involving a construction vehicle, you could claim compensation.
How to make a claim
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim if you have been involve d in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault.
If you have been driving or cycling safely and were hit by another vehicle, they may be liable to pay you compensation for any injuries sustained.
Contact our team free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your claim today or use our 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 17, 2014