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Lanes Group is introducing a new low-entry high visibility lorry cab developed by Scania, designed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, especially in urban environments.The specialist drainage company is taking delivery of a jetting and vacuumation tanker that has the new L-series cab.

The JHL jet vac tanker was shown off by Scania at IFAT, the environmental technologies exhibition in Munich, Germany, before being delivered to Lanes Group.

Investment in the innovative cab is the latest step by Lanes Group to boost road safety. It already holds FORS Bronze accreditation and has invested in an advanced lorry video camera system to ensure vehicles comply with the London Safer Lorry Scheme.

The new jet vac tanker will be operated by Lanes Utilities, Lanes Group’s wastewater network services maintenance division.

Lanes Utilities Director Andy Brierley said: “Lanes Group is a health and safety innovator. The new cab, with its wider and deeper doors and windows, and lower seating position, gives drivers a much better view out of the vehicle down to the curb.

“There is also has a footwell window in the nearside door, so the driver can see cyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians who would otherwise be hidden from direct view.

“It will help eliminate some of the blind spots associated with traditional cab designs, especially on the near side of the HGV, which is often at greatest risk of being associated with road collisions.

Andrew Jamieson, Sales Director for Scania Great Britain, added: “Traditionally, low entry cabs were restricted to the refuse collection industry but are now being specified for more and more applications.”

The jet vac tanker is also fitted with mini video cameras to give drivers a 360-degree view around the vehicle, plus sensor alarms to alert them to the presence of nearby objects or road users.

Lanes’ specialist drainage vehicles travel an estimated four million miles a year to clean, unblock, repair, and rehabilitate drains and sewers, and associated assets.