For the past 12 months Bournemouth Council has been trialling reversing device Reaclear on its largest 32-tonne refuse collection vehicle.
Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) designed Reaclear for the waste management sector, to eliminate accidents caused during reversing manoeuvres. It works by ensuring that every reverse movement is ‘authorised’ before it occurs.
Paul Hancock, fleet manager at the council, said: “We totally endorse the concept of Reaclear. As the demographic of town centres gets tighter, more safety measures need to be introduced.”
The reversing assistant carries a handheld device, which also acts as a two-way radio. Once it is safe to manoeuvre, he or she presses the transmit button. This lets the driver know it is safe to reverse.
If the vehicle is reversed without first receiving a signal, an alarm sounds in the cab, LED warning lights flash and a message is also sent to the transport office.