Builders merchant group Grafton Merchanting GB (GMGB) has invested £1.2m improving the safety of road users and cyclists, as part of its commitment to the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) certification.
GMGB was the first builder’s merchant to receive the CLOCS accreditation earlier this year. It has since launched cyclist safety initiatives and processes throughout GMGB businesses including Buildbase, Plumbase,Plumbase Industrial, Electricbase and Hirebase.
The group has over 750 fleet vehicles and additional equipment has been added to the vehicles to mitigate potential issues with vulnerable road users and cyclists, including fitting both camera monitoring systems, such as rear-view cameras and reverse sensor systems. Daily driver checks are also being carried out to ensure the safety equipment remains in full working order and there is a reporting system in place for maintenance issues.
CLOCS sets a standard that is above the minimum legal requirement for construction companies’ management of work-related road risk in order to reduce the percentage of cyclist fatalities involving HGVs on UK roads.
Andrew Ingram, one of GMGB’s transport and fleet managers, said: “We’re pleased to be able to demonstrate our commitment to increasing road safety in the UK. CLOCS is a significantly important way for construction companies to build on awareness of vulnerable road users and cyclists.
“Additional safety equipment is without a doubt beneficial to road safety but driver awareness training is equally important too. As part of the certification we’re rolling out driver CPC training across the businesses to increase driver awareness of cyclists and vulnerable road users while driving HGVs and fleet vehicles.”
The announcement comes after recent protests caused havoc in London following the seventh cyclist fatality involving a HGV this year.