The number of cyclists in London is on the rise – in 2016, Londoners made a massive 730,000 journeys by bike per day.
With the building boom in the capital in full swing, this means there are also more lorries and trucks on the road.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes seem that the roads aren’t big enough for the both of them – in 2016, 18,477 cyclists were killed or injured on London’s roads. In a bid to make the roads safer for everyone, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that thousands of dangerous trucks will be banned in the capital by 2020.
On top of this, the London Cycling Campaign has launched its Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling project, which is where we come in.
Here at Mobile Mini, safety is our top priority, both on-site and on the roads, and that is why we have invested in a new fleet of Scania trucks fitted with HALO technology, a range of state-of-art features to ensure everyone is safer on the roads.
Features include ultrasonic sensors to alert drivers to bicycles and pedestrians, an audible and visual turning warning and an in-cab monitor that provides the driver with a 360-degree view around the outside of the vehicle. Additionally, high-intensity LEDs leave a ‘halo’ on the ground to alert cyclists to the truck’s presence and movements in the dark.
Our SHEQ Director, Chris Watcham, said: “Safety is at the forefront of our minds, throughout all of our operations. These new trucks showcase our commitment to the safety of fellow road users.
“With the opening of our London flagship branch in December, we will have more trucks on the capital’s roads, and our new fleet demonstrates that we are doing the utmost to keep all road users safe.”
As well as investing in more new trucks, last year we also received a Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold Standard award for the fifth year in a row – a record in the industry. FORS requires operators to demonstrate meaningful improvements in safety, environmental impact and efficiency in order to be awarded the gold level – and we are the first in our industry to do it five times.
But we’re not complacent, and are constantly striving to ensure we’re at the forefront of keeping road users safe – whether they’re on two, four, six or eight wheels.