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Cyclist protection goes in across fleet

SM UK has won a £250,000 contract to install its Halo cyclist safety system across the fleet of 75 trucks for waste management business LSS Waste.

Halo is designed to correct the blindspot that can cause collisions between cyclists and HGVs, particularly when a large vehicle makes a left turn. The equipment is also an effective measure against false insurance claims.

It includes sensors fitted to the near side of the truck, activated when a cyclist or vehicle enters its detection zone. Audio and visual warnings are also triggered when the vehicle signals to turn left, and an in-cab monitor provides the driver with 360 degree vision.

Nigel Woolford, managing director of LSS Waste, said: “It’s a stressful and difficult job being an HGV driver, so anything we can do to remove that stress, and to help make the roads safer, is beneficial. The feedback from the team as we rolled out Halo across the fleet has been brilliant.

“They have all said they feel more secure on the roads because they can see everything that’s going on around them. Since installing the system, we have had no insurance claims against our vehicles nor any accidents.”



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