Scania customers can now select one of two optional-extra Brigade vehicle safety kits, to comply with a large number of specifications including; Transport for London’s Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), Crossrail, The Mineral Products Association (MPA), Mace, Vinic, Costain and more recently the Construction Logistics and Cycling Safety scheme (CLOCS).
The options programme which is chosen by the customer allows the driver onto certain construction sites if the vehicle is fitted with the correct blind spot devices. This is a direct response to the growing number of industry specifications which were causing customer confusion. Scania has vastly simplified the process whilst providing customers with the ultimate safety package.
David Harrison, Part Sales and Marketing Manager at Scania explains: “By providing two simple choices, the customer can be confident that they have the latest vehicle safety technologies, are up to date with the latest industry site policies and can be assured of quality through the Scania and Brigade partnership.”
The two options both include Brigade Electronics’ Sidescan® Ultrasonic obstacle detection sensors. Sidescan® provides the driver with a warning when a cyclist or pedestrian is in the blind spot, drawing his attention to the relevant mirror. This is connected to Backchat®, a real speech warning alarm to alert the cyclist that the truck is about to manoeuvre: “caution this truck is turning left.” Both are activated when the left turn indicator is selected and the additional low speed trigger switch can be set to activate the system at speeds lower than 20 mph to prevent unnecessary driver distraction.
The kits also include a side and rear view camera monitor system that provide a wider angle of view than conventional mirrors alone. Both camera views can be individually triggered by selecting the left turn indicator for side view or reverse gear for instance.
Brigade’s handbrake warning alarm prevents accidents by alerting the driver when he forgets to apply the handbrake. The white sound reversing alarm (bbs-tek®) provides a unique “ssh ssh” noise to alert vulnerable road users when a vehicle is moving backwards and is provided with a manual on/off switch for use during night time.
Customers can choose to have a kit with or without Brigade’s mobile digital recording system. This is ideal in the event of a collision, a crash for cash scam or other false claims. It allows the operator to prove his driver was not at fault immediately without waiting for a lengthy police investigation and can save the operator from costly insurance claims.
Brigade’s MDR-304 has four camera inputs, four trigger alarm inputs and a lockable central caddy for security. The system provides up to 780 hours recording and can record images prior to alarm activation and after the engine has been switched off.
Emily Hardy, Regional Marketing Manager at Brigade said: “We are pleased to be working with Scania who are leading the way in vehicle safety by providing the safety options programme.”