We will be showcasing our latest 18t Impact Protection Vehicle (IPV) at the Highways SIB (Seeing is Believing) event in Leicestershire today and tomorrow. Visitors to Blakedale stand 56 will be invited to head over to the demonstration zone for an exclusive tour of the new high roof Iveco model which not only offers a roomier interior - with cross cab access and additional space for three occupants - but has been specifically upgraded to offer improved safety for road workers at day or night and in all weather conditions.
To reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls, Blakedale's bespoke traffic management body ensures operatives have three points of contact when climbing onto the rear of the body.
New safety features include additional anti slip steps and grab handles, painted with high visibility paint, to aid movement in and out of the cone wells. Further lighting at the rear of the vehicle illuminates the cone well and working area to provide better visibility when working in the dark. The height of the cone wells can also be adjusted to avoid having to lean (and the risk of falling) when laying cones from inside these areas whilst the vehicle is moving.
Moreover, Blakedale’s latest IPV is equipped with a fully recordable multi-camera system with cab-mounted monitor, covering virtually every angle of the vehicle, as standard. Although the primary purpose of this technology is to enable drivers to see oncoming traffic from all directions by eliminating any blind spots, it is providing further value by recording high definition quality evidence of any accidents, incidents or near misses that occur around the vehicle or within the working area.
Optional live-stream software enables the tracking and monitoring of multiple vehicles via an online app, which Blakedale customers can download and access on their computers and mobile devices. The ability to see live progress enables fleet managers to provide accurate arrival time estimates to clients whilst also ensuring that their crews are working safely and to schedule.
Blakedale’s new IPV model also boasts a larger 250 bhp engine, air suspension, under body storage, load lock system and is equipped with full Reg. 65 LED lighting, vertical lift LP13 light arrow board, 70 mph rated Crash Cushion and side scan system with blind spot camera.
“As with all our vehicles, we have designed our latest IPV to make the job of working on the UK’s roads safer. We look forward to demonstrating the features and benefits of our new vehicle to visitors at this year’s Highways SIB event,” says Richard Smith, joint Managing Director of Blakedale.
Richard and the team will be on hand throughout the event to answer question about this and other vehicles offered within its expanding fleet, which will number over 300 vehicles operating nationwide by the end of 2017.