Lighting the Safety Road Ahead with Eurovia's New Low Loader
Working and driving in London, one of the busiest capitals in the world brings many challenges, particularly when driving a six axled 44.0 tonne articulated tractor unit and low loader semi-trailer with a precious load of asphalt pavers, compactors and streetmasters!
Additional safety considerations have to be taken for the road traffic, cyclists and pedestrians, in day and night operations, which place additional responsibilities on our professional drivers.
Eurovia decided to make a thorough review of how we could improve the safety, visibility and practicality of their new low loader combination. Eurovia Fleet Engineer, Chris Dixon, and Eurovia Contracting Divisional Fleet & Plant Manager, Chris Forrest, worked with Mercedes Dealership, S&B Commercials and King to create our new unique articulated tractor unit and low loader semi-trailer designed specifically for Eurovia Surfacing to transport road construction surfacing plant..
Working in London and surrounding Home Counties often takes place at night, so visibility to the public, whilst loading and off- loading is crucial. As you will see from the pictures the trailer has been fitted with a new type of LED lighting system built into the shackle wells, to light the entire trailer.
Other safety features include:
- The first semi-slope trailer, designed and built by King in the UK, making it easier and reducing the risk of injury when loading and unloading plant
- Fitted with a fall arrest system on the neck to prevent falls.
- Hydraulic assisted side shift ramps to for loading different widths of plant equipment.
- FORS Gold specification side scan & a four-way recordable camera system.
- Forward folding ramps with control units on both sides to enable the driver to work in a safe environment.
In addition to the safety aspects the low loader is EURO 6 , therefore has reduced emissions to comply with the Low Emission Zone current and impending requirements. King have also managed to design the trailer to increase payload, making it more productive and efficient.