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Cycle safety fitted to fleet

Viridor has fitted its commercial fleet in London with advanced safety technology. More than 50 of its rigid vehicles from the Canning Town and Iver South depots have been fitted with features designed to minimise potential hazards with other road users, especially cyclists.

This includes side guard bars and side-scan systems, which are triggered by road users being pres­ent alongside the vehicle. External warning devices have also been installed to warn of a planned left hand turn. Viridor said the equip­ment cost more than £1,000 per vehicle across the fleet.

In recent years, the company has fitted vehicles with features including near side view cameras, cycle safety vision windows to pas­senger doors, cycle safety aware­ness stickers on the rear of vehicles and a Fresnel lens on the passen­ger side window. It is also trialling all-round cameras on two vehicles to assess whether this leads to a significant reduction in potential incidents.

  • Viridor has signed a three-year sole supply agreement with Lex Autolease, taking a fleet of 290 cars and 60 commercial vehicles. Birmingham-headquartered Lex will work with Viridor on a policy review and communication pro­gramme, with the new arrange­ments focusing on cost, choice and sustainability.

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