CLOCS champion O’Donovan reveals three safer trucks 27 February 2015

Three new safety-optimised trucks were shown by CLOCS (TfL’s Construction Logistics & Cycle Safety imitative) champion O’Donovan Waste Disposal at yesterday’s (26 February 2015) CLOCS Progress event.

The new vehicles were a Volvo FL818 skip truck and DAF FA LF220 skip loader, both with the driving position lowered and nearside lower door windows added, and an MAN TGM BB skip loader, with revised suspension, again to lower the cab.

All the trucks also had factory-fitted safety features, specified by O'Donovan, which include: low-profile safety guards, designed to provide more protection for cyclists and pedestrians.

Jacqueline O'Donovan, managing director of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, made the point that her company has been a CLOCS champion since the launch of the initiative two years ago.

"Despite only being a relatively small player, we continue to make substantial investments in our 85-strong fleet to continue to raise our industry's safety standards on London's roads," states O'Donovan.

"By working closely with the vehicle manufacturers, I have been able to determine the best-in-class for driver vision, and these three trucks clearly demonstrate this," she continues.

"This, combined with the significantly lower side-guards we are trialling, can only help provide even greater protection for cyclists and pedestrians."

"HGVs as currently designed are disproportionately represented in cyclists fatalities, but thankfully O'Donovan Waste Disposal's innovation is a step towards safer roads," comments Ian Wainwright, head of fleet and freight at TfL (Transport for London).

"This demonstration of the industry's appetite for increased fleet and freight road safety shows that by supporting other manufacturers and operators to follow suit, real progress can be made on London's roads."

The CLOCS programme is designed to improve the face of construction logistics and ultimately protect vulnerable road users. It is now going national and spreading across other industry sectors involving inner city and urban movements.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
DAF Trucks Ltd
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd
O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd

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