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Veolia further advances road safety through £5 million investment

25 april 2017

Veolia, the global resource management company, is bringing innovation to its vehicles with the aim of further advancing safety for other road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Demonstrating the commitment to safety the company is making a £5 million investment over the next two years in low entry, high vision vehicle cabs which will actively support Transport for London’s CLOCS programme to enhance road safety.  

By working in partnership with the commercial vehicle design team at Renault Trucks UK, the new 26 tonne low entry day cab vehicle will significantly enhance direct driver visibility and urban safety using greater window areas and a nearside vision door. This will substantially reduce blind spots and enable the driver to respond more quickly according to the latest research from the University of Leeds1.

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Veolia is making a £5 million investment in low entry, high vision vehicle cabs

Highlighting this latest innovation, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland said, “Work safe, home safe, is our top priority for both our teams and for the communities where we work and as Responsible Business of the Year this emphasises our key commitment to safety. By introducing this development for our fleet we will help to safeguard other road users and our crews and support the London Mayor’s new five-star rating Direct Vision Standard for HGVs2.”

John Avery from Renault Trucks National Fleet added, “By working with Veolia we have been able to gain a real insight into the complexities of their operating environment and to deliver an ex-factory solution designed around their urban cycle. This project has helped us to look at how, by working with our customer and taking an innovative, solutions-based approach, we can make significant, cost effective advances in safety and operational performance.”

Work safe, home safe, is our top priority for both our teams and for the communities where we work and as Responsible Business of the  Year  this emphasises our key commitment to safety

With a central focus on maintaining health and safety and the environments where they work, the low level cab places the driver in a better position nearer to the road and increases manoevrability. Now a standard online factory solution from Renault Trucks the vehicle provides a first step height 75mm lower than most traditional low entry cab models for easier crew access, and will also improve productivity and when vehicles only have a crew of two.


1 For more information on the University of Leeds research please see
https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3981/how_a_larger_windscreen_could_improve_lorry_safety

2 For more information on the Transport for London Direct Vision Standard for HGVs please see
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles