Truck manufacturer demonstrates enhanced safety features on construction range at CLOCS event
LAST month Renault Trucks UK showcased the enhanced safety features available on their construction range at the fifth Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) event at ExCeL London.
Renault Trucks say their attendance at the exhibition underlines their commitment to improving the safety of all road users and, in particular, addressing the challenges faced by construction vehicles operating in urban environments.
Visitors to the company’s stand saw a 32-tonne Range C460 8x4 with Night & Day cab and PPG insulated tipping body to Tarmac specification (pictured). Among the enhanced safety features were a nearside Glass Vision Door with additional lower window for improved visibility of vulnerable road users; a cycle monitoring system (cycle camera, side cycle sensor, turning left speaker and relevant cyclist warning decals), and side guards to protect cyclists from being pulled under the wheels in the event of a collision.
In addition, a Jimmy Beam Down Light system delivers a footprint of lights along the sides of the vehicle as a suggested ‘keep clear’ area for cyclists and pedestrians when the truck is stationary or travelling up to 15 miles/h; the system also illuminates with the sidelights and flashes with the indicators.
Well suited to both on and off-road use, the Range C’s multi-axle chassis can be specified with front under-run protection and also off-road defined N3G. The ergonomic driving position and clear, intuitive cab layout with everything in easy reach, together with Renault Trucks’ Optidriver automated gearbox, are all designed to let the driver concentrate on the road.
The design of windscreen and rear view mirrors allows optimum visibility, whilst cornering lights provide greater safety when manoeuvring.
Nigel Butler, commercial director at Renault Trucks UK, commented: ‘With construction vehicles involved in a number of accidents relating to pedestrians and cyclists on our congested city roads, Renault Trucks are determined to improve road safety through intelligent vehicle design and enhanced safety features across the entire range. CLOCS was the ideal event for us to demonstrate this commitment to protect all road users.’