RESPONSE TO VULNERABLE ROAD USERS Andrew Minson Tragically, between 2008 and 2013 55% of cycling fatalities involved HGVs This includes a disproportionate number of construction vehicles HGVs represent 4% of London’s road miles driven MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety WHY ? • Greater focus on improving industry health and safety • Aggregates, minerals, construction industries have worked hard to improve site safety • Reportable injuries for MPA employees down by 85% over 15 years • Greater focus on contractor safety • Greater focus on public safety • Logical and reasonable to extend focus to road safety MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety WHY ? Factories and Construction Sites all “managed” locations where there can be significant control over H & S. In contrast, roads are: • Less managed • Fully accessible to the public MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety 2012 Fatalities Seriously All Injured Casualties Cyclists 118 3,222 19,091 Motorcyclists 328 5,000 19,310 Pedestrians 420 5,559 25,218 169 1,339 HGV Occupant 29 MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety Comparisons (fatalities + serious injury) KSIs 2005/9 av 2012 % change Cyclists 2,528 3,340 +32 Motorcyclists 6,320 5,362 -15 Pedestrians 6,758 5,979 -11 MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety What happens when 32 tonnes hits 0.1 tonnes? Don’t need to be a genius to work it out…………….. Potential conflicts between HGVs and vulnerable road users – likely to increase ? 69,000 68,000 67,000 66,000 65,000 64,000 63,000 70,000 General Economic Recovery Population growth (+8 million by 2030) Infrastructure (£375 billion pipeline) Energy (nuclear, renewables, gas ) Transport (roads, HS2, airport expansion ) Road Traffic forecasts 62,000 61,000 60,000 Source: ONS. MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety Stage one: 2011 General Policy • Promote driver and industry awareness • Promote cyclist and public awareness • Improve driver training • Use appropriate vehicle safety equipment • Liaise with schools • Work in partnership MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety Stage two: Specific 2012 Policy on driver training, vehicle safety equipment, including: • Driver training – specific industry course developed by MPQC • Focus on tippers, truckmixers, tankers • Sideguards on tippers • Class VI mirrors • Nearside sensors and/or cameras • Audible warnings • New vehicles and retro-fitting MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety Stage three: Specific 2014 Policy to move in line with, CLOCS Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk CLOCS : ‘Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety' Over 60 different organisations are working together to deliver the CLOCS objectives http://www.clocs.org.uk CLOCS Champions MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety Stage three: Specific 2014 Policy to move in line with the new CLOCS standard, including: • Vehicle equipment as Stage two • Fleet management assessment • Recording road incidents • Applies to vehicles 3.5 tonnes GVW + • Driver training – specific industry course developed by MPQC 3.2.1 Warning Signage 3.2.3 Blind-Spot Minimisation Fleet operators shall ensure that prominent signage is fitted to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that visually warns other road users not to get too close to the vehicle. Fleet operators shall ensure all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight have front, side and rear blind-spots completely eliminated or minimised as far as it is practical and possible through a combination of fully operational direct and indirect vision aids and driver audible alerts. 3.2.2 Side under-run protection 3.2.4 Vehicle Manoeuvring Warnings Fleet operators shall ensure fitment of side-guards to all rigid mixer, tipper and waste type vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that are currently exempt from fitment. Fleet operators shall ensure all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight are equipped with enhanced audible means to warn other road users of a vehicle’s left manoeuvre. MPA and Vulnerable Road User Safety • The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is an accreditation scheme that aims to improve fleet activity in London and throughout the UK and beyond. • By Transport For London • Bronze, Silver and Gold THANK YOU!