Select Plant, part of the Laing O’Rourke group, completed the fitting vulnerable road user safety equipment to its entire fleet of large goods vehicles (LGVs) earlier in the year, but has wasted no time in seeking other opportunities to advance their fleet.
The company recently unveiled the first of its new fleet of tippers, which have been custom modified to include additional glass panels in the passenger doors to aid driver visibility. These glass doors reduce the blind spot area present in all LGVs, and meet with high driver and cyclist approval.
Select is a founding member of CLOCS, a collaboration between construction clients, contractors, logistics operators and industry associations aimed at implementing best practice across the industry.
All of Select’s LGV’s and road going plant are now fitted with CCTV video cameras and recording devices, blind spot sensors, additional mirrors and signage, in a bid to reduce the risk to vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. In addition, all drivers receive vulnerable road user training to improve their awareness of the hazards and improve their driving skills.
Select has long been a strong advocate of improving standards for all road users, and has taken part in a number of industry-wide initiatives with the aim of reducing accidents involving LGVs. The simple but highly effective measures have been welcomed by all sides as a positive contribution towards road safety.
“Large goods vehicles, especially in the construction sector, have an higher than average representation in traffic accident statistics,” said Mark Starosolsky, Select’s logistics leader. “Straightforward measures, such as sensors and cctv cameras, can help warn a driver if someone enters their blind spot – a potentially dangerous place. We’re pushing for the manufacturers to accelerate a fundamental re-design of the specialist vehicles, as they haven’t changed in many years. Our modifications offer substantial short term benefits, but we are restless in our desire to see them as part of the standard equipment package.”
Select has also been working with Cambridge University to help bring to life their efforts to develop automatic braking systems for LGVs.