The entire fleet of large goods vehicles (LGVs) is 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.
The new tipper fleet also has additional glass panels in the passenger doors to aid driver visibility.
Select, part of the Laing O’Rourke group, is a founding member of the Construction Logistics & Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) project, a collaboration between construction clients, contractors, logistics operators and industry associations aimed at implementing best practice across the industry.
“Large goods vehicles, especially in the construction sector, have a 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 develop automatic braking systems for LGVs.