The City of London Corporation and Amey, who are responsible for the waste collection, cleansing and recycling for the City of London, are singing the praises of vehicle safety technology from British manufacturer and supplier Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS).
The City and Amey has been trialling different types of vehicle safety equipment from ISS in recent months, including the RX2 and RX3 DVR Hard Disc Recording camera systems and most recently Cyclear™, the latest and arguably most effective cyclist safety warning device for preventing accidents between HGV’s and cyclists.
Vince Dignam, Business Improvement and Performance Manager, City of London said: “The quality of the footage from the ISS DVR system is markedly better than others we have trialled and has helpful extra features, such as the mapping software that means we know the exact location of each vehicle. We’ve had a number of complaints that have been refuted as a direct result of checking the recorded footage. The crews like the kit as well because it gives them extra security and if a commercial customer claims we haven’t collected their waste we can check and provide evidence if necessary.”
The City of London is a CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) champion and is actively implementing the requirements within the Standard for Construction Logistics in managing work related road risk. CLOCS recently ran a *Progress Event at ExCel in London where ISS were exhibiting and visitors could see Cyclear in action. The Authority is also FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Gold Accredited, which means its fleet has met with the highest possible standards of lawfulness, safety, efficiency and environmental protection.
After four years of research and development Cyclear is the only Cyclist Warning Display System to be designed from the ground up to address the danger of accidents involving HGV’s and cyclists. The system engages both cyclists and drivers, placing equal responsibility for the avoidance of accidents. The system comprises two elements: an illuminated sign and speaker to alert cyclists that a vehicle is turning left; and an optional sequencing sensor, which alerts the driver when a cyclist is approaching. Customers can choose to install either one or both elements on their fleet depending on budget and requirements.
Every organisation that has trialled the system, whether local authority or private sector, has gone on to specify the technology on some or all of their fleet. A growing number of Cyclist lobby groups have also voiced their support for the system.
Vince continued: “We have been trialling Cyclear on one of our Amey contract vehicles for a couple of months and the feedback from our crews has been really positive. The system is effective and reliable. We are particularly impressed by the sensors, which don’t false alarm and only alert the driver when a cyclist or pedestrian is travelling down the left hand side of the vehicle. We will soon be publishing an evaluation of all the safety equipment we have trialled and we are impressed with the ISS system.”
Grant Taw, Transport Compliance Manager (City of London Contract), Amey said: "The build quality of Cyclear is better than the majority of its competitors and the system usability keeps things simple without adding confusion or over complicating the information being fed back to the driver. The driver still needs to drive and that can't be secondary to safety equipment.”
ISS designs, installs and maintains its own range of vehicle safety and lighting equipment such as reversing radars, CCTV camera systems, Hard Disk Recording, bespoke warning beacons and LED lighting. The company’s latest innovation, Cyclear® is the first cyclist safety warning device designed specifically for HGV’s and is being readily adopted by local
authorities and private waste operators in the UK.
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*Anyone interested in learning more about the CLOCS event can view the conference presentation slides, CLOCS guidance and literature at http://www.clocs.org.uk/clocs-progress-event/