Mace is the first major contractor to back NCE’s campaign for the construction industry to improve cycle safety, by promising action across all of its sites.
“The Mace board of directors feels very passionate about this,” Mace group chief executive Mark Reynolds told NCE.
“We lost our own commercial manager Brian Dorling when he was killed by a HGV while cycling. When we heard of the death of Katharine Giles [who was killed in a collision with a tipper truck] in London last month we realised we have got to do something about this.” (NCE 18 April)
Mace is insisting all its supply chain’s vehicles over 7.5t achieve the Transport for London Freight Operator Recognition Scheme bronze standard by 1 July 2013.
The bronze standard requires fitting of cycle protection measures including side underrun guards and on board cycle detection equipment.
“We will reject all vehicle deliveries not reaching this standard,” Reynolds said.
“We are also minimising risk to cyclists through the Construction Design & Management regulations. We will include cycle safety in the construction phase planning across all of our sites by 1 July this year.
“We are also offering cycle proficiency training to all of our staff that cycle to work and are establishing a champion within the business to roll this out.”
Transport for London (TfL) this week ramped up its calls for the construction industry and the government to do more to protect cyclists from the hazards of HGVs.
TfL commissioner Sir Peter Hendy is leading the drive for more to be done across the industry, by developers, construction clients, contractors and vehicle operators.
Speaking at the launch of a raft of new cycle safety guidance, Hendy said: “We have got to raise minimum standards for HGVs. There is a role for regulation. Government has its aim of reducing red tape, but I argue that this is not new regulation but raising requirements of what already exists.”
The new guidance includes a cycle safety guide for fleet managers along with new guidance aimed at ensuring safety for cyclists is considered at all stages of development, project planning and contract procurement.
Also speaking at the launch, the London Mayor’s cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan confirmed that he will lead a study looking at the possibility of banning HGVs from central London during daylight hours.
A similar ban is already imposed in Paris.