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Safety features added

Construction waste specialist O’Donovan Waste Disposal unveiled three new truck designs at the recent Transport for London (TfL) Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety progress event.

The vehicles provide more protection for cyclists and pedestrians, and will be added to O’Donovan’s 85-strong fleet. They have factory-fitted safety features to deliver improved driver vision and low-profile safety guards.

Ian Wainwright, head of fleet and freight at TfL, said: “HGVs, in their current designs, are disproportionately represented in cyclist fatalities but O’Donovan’s innovation is a step towards safer roads.”

The vehicles to be added to O’Donovan’s fleet are a Volvo FL818 skip truck (pictured) and a DAF FA LF220 skip loader.

Both have the driving position lowered, and the Volvo has a glazed nearside lower door to the increase the driver’s direct vision of other road users. Also featured is the MAN TGM BB skip loader, with revised suspension to lower the cab.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director at O’Donovan Waste Disposal, added: “As traffic on the roads of London increases, it is only right that as an industry – and indeed as a city – we are doing our utmost to make sure that our roads are safe for everyone.”  

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