Rushcliffe Borough Council has continued the trend shown by a number of local authorities by upgrading its refuse vehicle fleet.
The council, based in Nottinghamshire, has introduced a new lorry with improved safety features that will benefit cyclists when these vehicles are out on local roads emptying bins in the area.
The new vehicle in question is a 26-tonne truck called the Dennis Elite vehicle.
It improves safety thanks to cycle sensors that work by alerting drivers to keep a safe distance when overtaking.
As well as alerting drivers of the vehicles, the new truck in the portfolio of Rushcliffe Borough Council also alerts cyclists with visual and audio warnings when the refuse lorry is turning left in front of them.
Councillor Debbie Mason is the Deputy Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council. She said the Dennis Elite Vehicle will bring benefits for cyclists and the drivers of the fleet.
She said: “Safety is always at the forefront of our minds for residents and visitors who enjoy cycling on Rushcliffe’s roads. We want to give them peace of mind and we are increasingly aware of the need to keep them and all road users safe around our vehicles.
“Equally, we want to protect our hardworking refuse teams and the hand-held radio devices will go a long way to ensuring drivers and loaders can work in safer environments in their day to day operations.”
In addition to the cycling safety technology, the new vehicle in the council’s fleet will also use Reaclear, which is a preventative reversing device that ‘authorises’ every reversing manoeuvre before it happens.
It is something that Carmarthenshire County Council has introduced to its fleet and allows operators to notify the drivers when it is safe to reverse by use of a two-way radio device that helps them respond quicker to each other, with clearer instructions.