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a) Why the standards have been introduced:

Dating back to 2013 the Campaign for Better Transport reported that “lorries are involved in an increasing percentage of fatal traffic accidents on Britain’s roads, with HGVs being implicated in more one-in-five fatal accidents on A-roads alone”. 55% of cyclist fatalities involve a HGV, even though in London, those same HGVs account for only 4% of traffic on the capitals roads; 10 per cent of road traffic incidents involve vans and 11 per cent of those result in serious injury or fatality; construction site deaths relating to commercial vehicles also contributed to 30 deaths in the last few years.  These incidences were not new, but public awareness began to focus on them in an unprecedented way.

This led ultimately to the production of the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Report that put together for the first time a new voluntary industry safety standard. Many customers, particularly those in the public sector, now insisted that fleet operators working on their schemes and sites went through the process and achieved accreditation under one of the schemes such as FORS (the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme). Hundreds of lives are affected each year, my niece’s best friend was killed in a horrific motorway crash involving a lorry driver who was not paying attention to the road.

Also on the rise has been a cynical rise in false claims against commercial vehicle drivers and operators who need evidence to defend malicious claims against them.

b) The Commercial case for accreditation

By 2017 it was impossible to operate without CLOCS (Construction logistics and community safety) Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) standard) and FORS Silver or Gold accreditation on many public-sector schemes. Nationally and in the regions government is looking for ways to make roads safer for all users and the commercial vehicle sector is under the most scrutiny to contribute to that goal. The insurance industry has also seen a way to penalise companies that do not gain accreditation making a further commercial case for demonstrating compliance. For further information on insurance and compliance click here.


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