Work related road risk
Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) clauses and standards can help to reduce the risk of collisions between delivery and servicing vehicles (like lorries and vans) and cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
Large vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are particularly disproportionately represented in fatal collisions with cyclists and pedestrians – 53% of cycle fatalities in London between 2008 and 2014 involved conflict with a large vehicle, despite them only accounting for only a very small proportion of London’s traffic.
As a central London borough, Camden’s roads are in high demand by a variety of road users. These include vehicles of all sizes, including delivery and servicing vehicles to other vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
To reduce the risk that delivery and servicing vehicles may pose to vulnerable road users, we have introduced new terms into our contracts requiring all new contracts over a certain threshold to meet our WRRR terms. The terms require contractors using vans, lorries and some Public Service Vehicles, to become accredited under best practice schemes, to install specific safety equipment to vehicles and undertake relevant driver training.
To ensure contractors are complying with our WRRR terms we have introduced a monitoring procedure to make checks on vehicles and drivers, alongside an enforcement procedure to increase compliance rates:
- download: Work Related Road Risk Terms – Non-Construction (PDF)
- download: Work Related Road Risk Terms – Construction (PDF)
What can I do as a fleet operator?
Even if you are not a contractor for Camden Council there are a number of things you can do to raise awareness of and reduce the risk posed to vulnerable road users by delivery and servicing vehicles.
Become an accredited member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), or equivalent
Achieving FORS bronze
accreditation demonstrates you are legally compliant and working towards best practice
management of your fleet. Silver and gold accreditation set you apart from your competition
and shows your company is committed to achieving best practice. Camden Council is
gold FORS accredited, see our case study
for more information.
Install safety equipment on all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
Large vehicles have significant blind spots and their size makes manoeuvring in urban areas difficult, particularly when sharing the same space as vulnerable road users. Installation of side-guards, class VI mirrors, Fresnel lenses and close proximity warning systems consisting of sensors and CCTV systems to alert drivers to the presence of a cyclist or pedestrian can help avoid collisions. If you are a FORS member you can get discounts on most equipment.
- download: TFL
guide on vehicle safety equipment (PDF)
Driver checks and training
Statistics show that most collisions are a result of drivers, cyclists or pedestrians failing to look properly. Driving in an urban environment is a challenging experience so drivers are recommended to undertake specific training to equip them with the skills to do so.
There are lots of courses available but the Safe Urban Driving course is particularly relevant. It is also free and contributes to drivers Certificate of Professional Competence. We can offer Safe Urban Driving courses at a time and place of your company’s convenience. Contact WRRR@camden.gov.uk for more information. An equivalent course is now available for van drivers, called Van Smart
As a Fleet Operator you are responsible for undertaking sufficient checks of your drivers, such as their licences and communicating policies on fatigue, drugs and alcohol, as well as allowing them adequate breaks.
Cyclists also have a duty to follow the law and ride responsibly so as not to put themselves or others in jeopardy whilst on the road. We offer free cycle skills training for all adults and children in the borough.
Alternatively, if you are involved in the construction sector please see information
on the Construction Logistics and Cycle
Safety (CLOCS) standard
If you have any further questions about delivery and servicing vehicles and Work Related Road Risk, contact WRRR@camden.gov.uk for more information.