What is CLOCS-A?
CLOCS-A is currently in its development stage, what is the end game?
The final stage in the development of CLOCS-A includes an expression of interest stage to identify the best organisation to host the standard. CLOCS-A like NRSPP and Safe Load Program is hosted by an organisation with aligned interests and values. The development of CLOCS-A will include creating a sustainable model and then a home for it.
How do you partner with CLOCS-A?
Any organisation can be part of CLOCS-A. Its establishment is centred around collaboration and to be a part of its development all you have to do is join the MoU as a Supporting Partner. What this entails is a letter of commitment which the Steering Group will review and endorse. There is no cost.
Is there a local example where the foundations of CLOCS-A has been applied?
Australia’s two largest public transport infrastructure builds, Sydney and Melbourne Metro, have both adapted portions of UK’s CLOCS standard into their contracts. They did this because it is recognised as world’s best practice. They knew it would protect the community, workers and truck drivers during the build and thus reduce the risk of the project contributing to a fatality.
What are the timelines for CLOCS-A?
We are well into our systems implementation and we have broken these into phases. The four phases are described below:
Our journey has been plotted in a timeline as follows:
What is CLOCS-A?
Construction Logistics and Community Safety – Australia (CLOCS-A) is a national construction logistics safety program designed to revolutionise the management of work-related road risk in the construction sector. CLOCS-A provides:
• Comprehensive road safety, risk and business management for heavy vehicle related logistics of construction projects.
• Consistent single standard and process providing peace of mind for all users within the supply chain.
• Bridge builder between trucks and Vulnerable Road Users (VRU), cyclists, pedestrians and motor bike riders.
What is the evidence that CLOCS works?
Independent evaluation of CLOCS in the UK found that the introduction of the program resulted in:
37% fewer complaints when implementing CLOCS
47% reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes between heavy vehicles and vulnerable road users when implementing CLOCS
25% reduction in total collisions
76% less likely to commit licensing offences
The Standards developed by CLOCS-A are underpinned by evidence and guided by the Safe System Approach to Road Safety.
What is the origins of CLOCS-A?
CLOCS-A is inspired by the success of the CLOCS Program established in the UK to tackle the emergence of similar risks following an unprecedented construction boom in metropolitan areas whilst being more nuanced to local issues in Australia. Today, the CLOCS Program remains as the UK’s only safety standard for construction logistics consolidating multiple standards, schemes and policies into one work-related road safety standard and is widely recognised as the world’s best practice in protection for VRUs. In Australia our largest public transport infrastructure have based their logistics safety standard off CLOCS.
What is the relationship with Transport for London (TfL)?
Since 2016 NRSPP has been building a collaborative relationship with Transport for London with regards to adapting their CLOCS program to Australia. Following two webinars relating to CLOCS and its development NRSPP with Melbourne Metro signed an MoU with TfL regarding the adaption of CLOCS to Australia. NRSPP has continued to build the relationship resulting in the broader 2021 MoU being signed.
Why should CLOCS-A be introduced?
Australia is undergoing an unprecedented $200 billion major infrastructure build in our cities for at least a decade. And key to its success is trucks, without them none of these can be delivered. This means more trucks on our roads and increased risk of interactions between them and cyclists, pedestrians and motor bike riders. People make mistakes when on the roads and when it involves a truck it is often fatal. CLOCS-A is about reducing the impact of these mistakes such that all road uses are more aware and understanding and tolerant of each other on the road.
Working With CLOCS-A
Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) are different?
CLOCS-A will be adapting UK’s CLOCS to Australia. The CLOCS-A Steering Group has already developed a paper identifying the key differences between Australia and the UK which each of the Technical Groups will be drawing on. The power of CLOCS-A is the ability to mandate elements through the standard that is specific to this industry sector which may be regulated in the UK such as side under-run. Whilst there are differences between countries, we experience very similar challenges with construction transport activities required to operate in urban environments, and on local roads to service construction sites. In addition, there are no equivalent schemes, standards or codes of practice which have been developed specific to managing the on-road hazards and risks encountered in the construction transport sector.
How is CLOCS-A led?
The development of the CLOCS-A standard is led by a diverse Steering Group formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding consisting of researchers, major projects and government transport departments.
What is the CLOCS-A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)?
A CLOCS-A Memorandum of Understanding, established in 2021, is bringing together industry, researchers, major projects and government transport departments, and can provide the collaborative governance basis to develop and establish CLOCS-A. The MoU is currently housed on the NRSPP who is currently leading the development of the program.
Who are the CLOCS-A MoU SG Partners?
The CLOCS-A MoU is currently led by the National Road Safety Partnership Program in collaboration with Amy Gillett Foundation, ARTSA Institute (ARTSA-i), Australian Trucking Association, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Transport for NSW, Sydney Metro, Transport for London, Truck Industry Council and Victorian Department of Transport.