Tuffnells adds pedestrian & cyclist sensors to fleet

UK carriers Tuffnells is investing £500,000 in putting safety sensors and alarms on all its new vehicles before they start road operations.

SM UK is installing 360-degree cameras on its HGVs, trucks and vans as well as cycle sensors down the near sides of the vehicles. In addition there are alarms to alert cyclists and pedestrians when the vehicles are about to do a left turn. These meet the Transport for London Direct Vision Standard for pedestrian and cycle safety in the capital.

The SM UK sensors systems are Type Approvals status awarded by the Vehicle Certification Agency. Steve MacDonald, SM UK’s founder and managing director, said: “Tuffnells are a leader in the vehicle safety arena and they have adopted a no-expense-spared approach to ensuring their vehicles are equipped, pre-registration, with the full range of safety enhancements that we are installing for them now and over the coming months.

“Although the first Tuffnells vans and HGVs equipped with the new kit are only just starting to hit the roads, the new safety system will enable their drivers to easily negotiate narrow streets and ensure they have the technology to deliver their parcels safely and efficiently.”

Sheffield-based Tuffnells specialises in delivering large, long and heavy parcels and has a network of 33 UK depots. The firm’s fleet and services director, Simon Parsons, said: “We see this process with SM UK as future-proofing our vehicles and creating a stress-free environment for our drivers so that they can carry out their roles in safety and comfort.

“Safety is paramount for us and the bottom line is that it’s also fundamental to our success and continued growth as a logistics business.”