Amey is investing £12m in safety-equipped vehicles for use across its UK environmental services accounts. Already 74 vehicles have been introduced, with another eight due for delivery and plans for further investment during 2017.
The vehicles have been designed with safety as a top feature, including lower emissions, cycle risk technology and 360 degree cameras and lighting technology for improved visibility.
Environmental services managing director Rob Edmondson said: “We transport more than 1.8 million tonnes of waste and recycling every year from homes and businesses across the country. Safety is a top priority and we are always looking at new ways to improve how we both deliver our services and keep our employees and local communities safe.”
The new vehicles feature:
- Euro 6 configuration, which includes lane departure warning and improved emissions standards, as well as brake assist in some vehicles.
- Cycle Safety Shield, which uses facial recognition rather than radar to warn the driver of any risks to oncoming pedestrians/cyclists.
- Verbal warning when the vehicle is turning left, with rear illumination to warn cyclists.
- Reversing radar system.
- 360 degree camera system with recorder, which gives drivers a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and eliminates blind spots, allows for better control of the vehicle and collates evidence should an insurance claim arise.
- Additional amber flashing beacons to ensure the vehicle is seen in all weathers and poor daylight.