Irizar provides retrofit COVID-19 bus screens and air purifier21 May 2020

Irizar is aiding UK coach operators in the fight against coronavirus with the launch of two systems that will help to protect passengers and drivers against airborne infection.

First, Irizar also offers approved sets of transparent isolation screens specifically tailored to fit its i4, i6, i6S and i8 coach models. The transparent passenger and driver screens create a semi-enclosed ‘cab’ area around the driver’s seat, and divide each pair of passenger seats from those immediately to the front and back to reduce the risk of infection by airborne droplets. The screens meet all the necessary regulations pertaining to interior fitments for coaches and buses including fire, impact and driver indirect vision. Their transparent design is non-claustrophobic and does not adversely restrict the view of driver or passengers. A notifiable alteration will be required with the fitment of both driver and passenger screens, although it is expected that this will be possible via a video call to avoid waiting periods.

Second, in conjunction with air-conditioning supplier Hispacold (part of the Irizar Group of companies), Irizar (UK) now offers the eco3 air-purifier, which can be fitted to any coach with an air-conditioning system, irrespective of make. The eco3 air purifier is said to produce ions and ozone in the correct proportions that act to disinfect the air circulating within the coach. Studies show that the principal danger of COVID-19 infection on buses and coaches is by inhalation of airborne droplets and micro-particles. First, ionising air causes particles and micro-particles to fall out of airborne suspension, making them far less likely to be inhaled. Second, the presence of increased levels of ozone releases single atoms of oxygen that have a propensity to bond with microscopic particles such as a virus, and destroy them by oxidisation. In any case, the system works whenever the vehicle’s saloon heating or cooling system is active. The eco3 is retrofitted to any bus or coach with air-conditioning, irrespective of make, and requires no routine maintenance.

Another Irizar company developing a solution to help combat the spread of COVID-19 is Datik. Its COViDManager is installed at the entrance of a bus or coach, it acts as an authority, monitoring passengers before they enter and denying entry to those who do not meet the required standards. It is expected to be available in July.

William Dalrymple

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