O’Donovan Waste Disposal, a CLOCS champion, is one of several operators to have tested the new-style vehicles, and research company Future Thinking is collating feedback from operators and drivers.
Twenty new HGVs are being trialled, including the Mercedes-Benz Econic skiploader (pictured, on trial with O’Donovan), the Volvo FL818, the DAF FA LF220 and the MAN TGM BB.
Managing director Jacqueline O’Donovan was one of 60 attendees at the meeting earlier this month, where delegates also heard from High Speed 2 on its construction code of practice and road safety requirements.
Jacqueline O’Donovan says: “It’s vital that all construction clients are consistent with the CLOCS standard to ensure that there is a clear understanding of what is required from both operators and clients alike.
“It was extremely positive to see HS2 at our recent meeting and we understand that their code of practice is currently under development, so we hope that this engagement with CLOCS will help inform HS2 moving forwards to continue to provide a common, recognised standard.”
Attendees were also given outline results of CLOCS off-road ground conditions research, which is looking at how vehicles can be better designed for road use as well as for off-road construction operations.