SCANIA TIPPER SETS NEW STANDARDS FOR SAFETY IN CITY CENTRES
Scania has produced a new standard for tippers operating in city centres, aimed at reducing risks and giving vulnerable road users like cyclists a higher degree of safety.
At a time of raised awareness of the need to cut road risks for cyclists and pedestrians in city centres and London in particular, it has worked with its industry-partners and academic research bodies to develop the new tipper truck for the urban environment.
Equipped with a lightweight Wilcox body, the truck has been specified for applications where it is anticipated that 90-95 per cent of the vehicle's driving-time will be on the public highway.
Debuted at the CLOCS Exhibition at ExCel London earlier this year, in which Scania was a partner, it is designated the Scania Urban Tipper and encompasses a raft of safety-enhancing features which cut accident risks and thus enhance the insurance status of the vehicle:
· 8x2*6 wheelplan: Breaking away from the 8x4 norm, the 8x2*6 configuration provides a highly manoeuvrable chassis with three steering axles.
· 410 horsepower Euro 6 engine: Requiring only Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to meet the Euro 6 exhaust emissions standard, Scania's 410 horsepower unit has broken fuel-efficiency records in independent trials conducted throughout Europe.
· Fully-automated gear-selection: Two-pedal Scania Opticruise transmission enhances safety in operation by reducing stress and fatigue on the driver.
· Full air-suspension: Enables the chassis height to be lowered when driving in urban areas, thereby also lowering the driver's eye line for better direct vision. Suspension can be raised to increase ground clearance when working on more demanding terrain.
· Passenger vision door: Developed specifically for the UK market, the large glass panel provides the driver with a direct line-of-sight to the front nearside of the vehicle providing vital vision of other road users such as cyclists.