Councils urged to use section 106 agreements to protect cyclists from HGVs

A commission set up to reduce the number of cycle deaths caused by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) has urged local authorities to use planning obligations to enforce safety measures for construction traffic.

The recommendation is included in a ten-point manifesto published last week by the Construction Industry Cycling Commission, made up of senior figures from the property and development industry, including developers, architects, urban designers and planners.

A statement issued on behalf of CICC, which was launched in early 2015, said that it will encourage and support local authorities to use section 106 agreements to make it a condition of the planning consent that developers provide a construction management plan which requires their contractors and sub-contractors to comply with CLOCS standards.

These standards aim to ensure that construction companies follow effective practice in the management of their operations, vehicles, drivers and construction sites and aim to reduce the risk of collisions between HGVs and vulnerable road users such as cyclists.

The commission also urges local planning authorities to use section 106 agreements to ensure developers require their contractors and sub-contractors to use accredited freight operators.

The commission highlighted the London Borough of Camden as an example of a local authority which has introduced CLOCS as a section 106 condition via its construction management plan.

Research commissioned by CICC found that, while HGVs only account for 3.5 per cent of traffic across London, they are involved in 57 per cent of crashes in which a cyclist has been killed. Many of these accidents are with HGVs involved in construction activities, the research found.

The manifesto also urges property developers to use hoardings and wraps of new developments to deploy safety advice for cyclists and drivers as part of a nationwide public information programme.

Mike Hussey, CICC chairman and chief executive of property developer Almacantar said, "The level of cycling accidents in the UK is simply unacceptable. The CICC’s manifesto for change sets out clear ways we can improve cycle safety. As an industry, we have an obligation to improve the dangerous conditions cyclists face, so I urge our peers to join us and commit to our recommendations."

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