Australian governments are committed to an expected $290 billion in public infrastructure investment over the next 10 years — including an approximate doubling of investment over the next three years. This will mean a wave of construction projects mostly relating to transport, utilities and social infrastructure. Many of these projects will be in cities, towns and urban areas.
As a direct result of this increase in construction activity, the number of construction related heavy vehicle movements related to and in those project locations will also increase significantly.
Recognising that the movement of these construction vehicles in populated areas can present hazards for the public — particularly Vulnerable Road Users — both State and Commonwealth governments seek to prioritise and promote the use of safer heavy vehicles, improved driver standards, more effective logistics planning and greater engagement with the community on road safety initiatives.
Construction Logistics and Community Safety — Australia (“CLOCS-A”) is a national voluntary Standard developed with the primary aim of better managing the potential hazards created by the road transport and logistics activities associated with large construction projects.
Through the wider adoption of the CLOCS-A Standard across Australian construction projects and supply chains, it is expected that the risk of road trauma involving construction vehicles will be reduced and the efficiency of construction project logistics improved.