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MPA Expands Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy to Match New CLOCS Standard

MPA launched its Cycle Safe campaign to prevent collisions between cyclists and lorries in 2011 and introduced a vulnerable road user (VRU) safety policy in 2012, featuring driver training and vehicle equipment requirements. MPA was the first industry group to introduce such requirements and this reflected members’ and more widespread concern at the level of fatal and serious injuries to cyclists in particular resulting from collisions with construction HGVs.

Around 120 cyclists are killed every year in the UK. Although HGVs are involved in c.15% of cyclist and 10% of pedestrian fatalities, 53% of cyclist fatalities in London 2008 - 2012 followed collisions with HGVs, most of which were construction HGVs. Total cyclist fatalities and serious injuries in 2012 were 32% higher than the 2005 – 2008 average. The construction industry in general, like MPA, has had a strong focus on improving site safety in recent years and the aim of the CLOCS standard is that clients, contractors and suppliers will extend this focus to include the road safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Given the combination of increasing levels of cycling and improving construction markets there is significant potential for increasing numbers of collisions between cyclists and construction materials delivery vehicles. This is of course an issue for all construction deliveries and there is an equivalent responsibility for all road users and cyclists to behave safely. The MPA policy is designed to ensure that MPA members can take effective and proportionate action and professional drivers are supported.

VRU and cycle safety is now a key issue for many road authorities, construction clients and contractors and numerous initiatives have been introduced, in addition to the MPA policy. Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) have both specified the Crossrail VRU safety standards in their procurement and a number of other organisations including clients and contractors have introduced variations on the theme over the past two years. This has led to some confusion and uncertainty over VRU safety requirements.

Recognising this confusion and proliferation, TfL facilitated an initiative in 2013 to develop a single unified VRU safety standard for clients, contractors and the supply chain to work to. MPA and MPA members have been leading contributors in the development of this Standard for Construction Logistics (known as the CLOCS standard), introduced in December 2013.

The CLOCS standard includes much of what is in the MPA policy, but also additional requirements for the supply chain and for clients and contractors. This standard is now being rolled out nationally in procurement requirements by clients and contractors such as Carillion, Lend Lease, Mace, Skanska and Vinci.

In order to simplify and clarify the application of VRU safety standards in the construction sector, the MPA policy has now been extended to match the CLOCS standard.

MPA’s original policy focussed on driver training and MPQC introduced a CPC approved vulnerable road user safety course for drivers, developed with members of the MPA Transport Group. To date over 1,500 drivers have attended this course. In addition, extra vehicle safety equipment was required, including fitting sideguards to tippers, and the elimination of blindspots through the use of class VI mirrors and nearside cameras and/or sensors.

To achieve consistency with CLOCS, the MPA VRU safety policy now includes: the progression of driver training requirements to include on cycle hazard awareness; management of haulage operations to meet the standard of an approved independent fleet management audit [e.g. the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)]; collision reporting and traffic routing requirements; clients also have responsibilities to improve planning of deliveries and vehicle access to and from sites and to ensure there are safe locations for vehicle loading and unloading; and the scope of the policy has been extended to include all vehicles delivering on behalf of members which are over 3.5 tonnes GVW.

The MPA and members are now engaged with TfL and other clients and contractors, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) and road safety groups in developing further guidance on the implementation of CLOCS.

To read the MPA Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy - click here.

Launch of MPA Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy at National Cycle Safe Event

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, has praised the Mineral Products Association (MPA) for its new Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy which was launched on Wednesday 31 October 2012 at a joint National Cycle Safe Event with the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London. The event also showcased the Metropolitan Police’s Exchanging Places initiative, supported by MPA, whereby large numbers of passing cyclists were able to experience visibility issues first hand from inside the cab of the four Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) - provided by Hanson UK, Lafarge Aggregates, S. Walsh & Sons and Tarmac - to find out where to position themselves safely on the road in relation to lorries.

Stephen Hammond MP said, “I am pleased to support the Mineral Products Association Vulnerable Road User campaign. It is an excellent initiative, taking practical steps to reduce accidents through changing the behaviour of cyclists and drivers.

“We always need to look for new ways of protecting vulnerable road users like cyclists and that is exactly what this campaign does.”

MPA’s Policy forms part of the Association’s Cycle Safe Campaign and Strategy which was launched in June 2011 to prevent collisions between cyclists and lorries.  MPA’s position is that there is joint responsibility for road safety. National and central government must ensure that roads and junctions are designed for safety and properly maintained, LGV operators and drivers must take action to minimize the risk of collisions and Cyclists and other vulnerable road users must behave responsibly.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said, “We believe that our policy is the most positive initiative taken by any sector with regard to improving vulnerable road user safety and reflects the industry’s commitment to this issue.

“This is not a campaign for a day, or a week, or a month, this is forever. This issue is not going to go away. We are going to play our part and we hope others will do likewise.

“MPA will continue to work with partners in the construction and freight industries, local and national Government and cycling and other organisations to improve safety. We believe it is essential that all interested parties must work together so that effective, consistent and proportionate strategies and measures are implemented. MPA is committed to playing its part in minimising hazards and risks for all road users and our members want to be at the forefront of helping to improve road safety.”

The background to this policy initiative is the continuing growth in the number of cyclists, particularly in urban areas, and consequently the increased risks of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles, including lorries. MPA’s Cycle Safe campaign helps to raise awareness on both sides of how to cycle and drive as safely as possible and highlights the potential risks of undertaking lorries and getting too close to them at left-hand turns and roundabouts.  Cyclist safety is an important issue not just in London and urban areas, but nationally.

Photos:

(top) Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP (L); Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA (R)

(middle) Julian Huppert MP, Joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group

(bottom two) MPA's National Cycle Safe Event at Hyde Park Corner

To read the MPA Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy - click here.

MPA Cycle Safe Strategy

MPA’s Cycle Safety 6 Point Action Plan has been guiding MPA’s Cycle Safe campaign. Action has taken place and is underway in each of these areas:

1.       Promote Driver and Industry Awareness

2.       Promote Cyclist and Public Awareness

3.       Improve Driver Training

4.       Encourage Members to use Appropriate Technological Adaptations to Minimise Risks to Cyclists and Exchange Experience

5.       Liaise with Schools

6.       Work in Partnership

To download MPA’s Cycle Safe leaflet - click here.

Letters to The Times

MPA Letter to The Times April 2013 - click here.

MPA Letter to the Times November 2012 - click here.

MPA Letter to The Times February 2012 - click here.

Press Releases

•        MPA Runs York Cycle Safe Event to Launch CFOA UK Road Safety Week
•        MPA Cycle Safe Campaign Reaches Cambridge Students in 'City of Cycling'
•        MPA Response to Department for Transport Announcements on Lorry Safety and Cycling
•        MPA Cycle Safe Campaign: Over 954 Drivers Have Completed New Vulnerable Road User Training as 'Bike Week' Gets Underway
•        Freshening up on Cyclist Safety: MPA Runs Cambridge Freshers’ Fair Event
•        MPA Promotes Safe Cycling and Driving in Central Cambridge
•        MPA Exchange Events Provide Focus on Cyclist Safety and Biodiversity
•        MPA Reaffirms its Commitment to Cyclist Safety
•        Strong Backing for Launch of Mineral Products Association’s National Cycle Safe Campaign to Prevent Accidents between Cyclists and Lorries
•        MPA Holds Successful Pilot Event for National Cycle Safety Scheme

Videos

A video highlighting how MPA member, FM Conway, is implementing MPA’s national Vulnerable Road User Policy can be watched here.

A video feature on MPA's Cycle Safe campaign and Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy can be watched here.

A video documenting the launch of Cycle Safe at Wellington Arch and highlighting the purpose of the campaign can be watched on MPA's YouTube channel here.

Member Resources

To access member resources to support MPA's Cycle Safe campaign, click here (you will need to be an MPA member to benefit from this facility).

 

Contacts

Hilary Arrowsmith: hilary.arrowsmith@mineralproducts.org

Elizabeth Clements: elizabeth.clements@mineralproducts.org

Jerry Mclaughlin: jerry.mclaughlin@mineralproducts.org

Tel: 020 7963 8000

 
 

More information
If you have any queries about MPA’s Cycle Safe campaign contact Hilary Arrowsmith or Elizabeth Clements.

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