Dennis Eagle Aids In Cab Redesign To Cut Road Fatalities
Dennis Eagle has announced it is involved in efforts to redesign cabs for urban use as authorities seek ways to cut road fatalities.
According to the 2011 census, London has seen a 101 percent increase in the number of people cycling to work every day over the period 2001-2011.
With so many more cyclists on the road, it’s inevitable that they come into closer contact with motor traffic – sometimes close enough to be involved in an accident.
In response, Transport for London (TfL) commissioned an independent review of the construction sector’s use of the roads. The result was the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety report, or CLOCS.
The report found that there were four key pressures on construction vehicle drivers affecting cyclist safety.
“Keeping track of relatively small objects while negotiating traffic and tricky routes can strain a driver’s attention”
First, there was little understanding of how construction activity affects road safety. Companies simply weren’t keeping track of on-road incidents, leaving them unaware of the scale of the problem.
Secondly, road safety wasn’t considered in the way as on-site safety. And thirdly, with no common standard to work to, the industry was left without goals to meet and nothing to aim for.
The final issue was found that blind spots on construction vehicles were larger than on general haulage vehicles; as a result of our experience with developing large vehicles for use in urban environments, we were invited to take part in CLOCS’ efforts to improve vehicle safety.
“The problems faced by construction vehicles are ones we’ve dealt with extensively at Dennis Eagle,” the company says. “Existing construction vehicles have high raised cabs with three windows, providing limited visibility – better for negotiating unpaved building sites – but this design means cyclists are easily lost in drivers’ blind spots. Keeping track of relatively small objects while negotiating traffic and tricky routes can strain a driver’s attention.
“Upgraded side guards, blind spot mirrors and cameras, proximity sensors can all help mitigate the problem. But there’s a balance to be struck: it’s important to keep the vehicle as simple as possible for the driver to operate safely.”
TfL wishes to introduce new standards to make construction vehicles working in the city safer and of course the same problem exists in cities around the UK and the world.
Dennis Eagle and Mercedes were brought in to join the efforts as a result of our experience building low-cab chassis; it was recognised that there tend to be fewer accidents with low-entry vehicles.
“The next step is to introduce trial vehicles,” the company says. “Our goal is to offer standard configuration chassis adaptable to multiple roles. Currently a 3-axle chassis suited to tipper bodies is being considered for development and body designs are under discussion with a London customer and a tipper body manufacturer. As we work in closer partnership with TfL, expect to see Dennis cabs sporting all arrangements of bodies as the project gathers momentum.”
Sunny Side up – Seaside Success for NTM at PAWRS
NTM reported a successful PAWRS show. The company showcased four of its demonstration vehicles including the K-Midi body and bar lift which is the smallest compaction RCV on the market.
Also on the stand in the English Riviera was NTM’s K-2K body and bar lift with dual waste collection ability. The K-Maxi + FK and bar lift vehicle caught the eye of the stands many visitors – the vehicle has multiple waste collection ability and boasts a separate sealed pod – which is ideal for food / glass waste collection.
The award winning Plastic Polybody, also made an appearance – this neat little vehicle is also ideal for food waste collection.
The NTM team said that the stand was very busy – so busy in fact the company ran out of its ever popular and somewhat legendary Pork Pies!
On a more serious note – NTM have confirmed that it has a number of enquiries to follow up on and was particularly impressed with the visitors to the stand from local authorities and also the private sector.
NTM’s managing director Paul Westley said, “We always enjoy the PAWRS event – it’s good for networking and getting in front of both new and potential customers. The quality of visitor at PAWRS is also very good. It’s also the perfect platform to showcase our innovative vehicles.”
Chesterfield Sweeps In The Changes
Chesterfield Borough Council has awarded the tender to refresh its street cleaning fleet to Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).
The tender involves the provision of two Schmidt Swingo 200 sweepers and includes maintenance. The contract term is 4 years.
Keith Thurman, supervisor of landscape and streetscene services at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “All our vehicle contracts go out to tender and although price is important it isn’t the only thing we consider as other factors that give added value are relevant too. SFS was selected as the winning bidder after we assessed tenders on a points based system that takes into account vehicle provision, maintenance services and cost efficiency.”
Bob Sweetland, managing director, SFS, said: “This is the first time we have worked with Chesterfield and we very much hope to build a longstanding relationship with the Authority.”
SFS is a member of the Rothschild Group and has been operating for over 20 years, providing vehicle contract hire, workshop and fleet management services to local authorities and the private sector.
Les Bullock, area sales manager at Aebi Schmidt who have been supplying vehicles to Chesterfield for over 10 years, said: “We have been working with SFS for many years and we have a number of contracts operating very successfully. We have an excellent working relationship and we know we can rely on them to deliver an efficient and competitive service.”