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Operators need to compromise for cycle safety

  • 23 July 2014
  • By Chris Druce

Construction vehicles that are “safer” for cyclists could be introduced immediately if operators are willing to accept the compromises such designs will bring, according to Scania.

Speaking at the third meeting of the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) working group in London last week, Scania’s Phil Rootham, sales engineer – truck, and Steven McLachlen, market development manager – product, said the technology to improve visibility already existed.

“However, traditional design prioritises off-road use” they said, and, without a lead from operators, Scania would not produce a vehicle whose day-to-day performance is compromised straight off the production line.

“We could lower the vehicle cab with immediate [positive] effect and improve manoeuvrability with rear-steer axles. Removing the manual gearbox found in many construction vehicles would allow the driver to concentrate more on what’s going on out of the window,” they said. “Operators need to ask what the required ground clearance they need is and where on the vehicle, and how much time these vehicles spend off-road.”

Pictured: Scania has been trialling a P-cab with clear panels in the side door, with Select Logistics, part of construction giant Laing O’Rourke.

  • This story originally appeared in CM 17 July. Make sure you pick up your copy of Commercial Motor at a newsagent or MSA for all the news and the best used truck and trailer deals. Or why not subscribe?


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